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make a long story short

make a long story short

also cut a long story short or long story short


  • abbreviate a long explanation into a short one
  • get to the point
  • give only the basic facts instead of a full explanation
  • give a short version or only the conclusion of a long story
  • leave out details of a long winded narration


  1. To make a long story short, he still stays in the apartment but now it is owned by someone else.
  2. To make a long story short, they decided to get back together for the sake of the kid and are now doing pretty good.
  3. Long story short, he got back his job and the company fired his manager for corrupt practices.
  4. To cut a long story short, I was stranded on the highway with no means of transportation when an old friend of mine happened to be passing by.
  5. Long story short, despite all the opposition, they finally got married and are now happy together.
  6. To cut a long story short, it was a horrific experience but we managed to get through it in one piece.

The idea of abbreviating a long explanation is ancient, however, this precise expression has been used since the 1800s.

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