That's about the size of it

That's about the size of it.

Inf. That is the way it is. (Often a response to someone who has acknowledged bad news.) Bob: We only have a few hundred dollars left in the bank. Sally: That means that there isn't enough money for us to go on vacation? Bob: That's about the size of it. Bob: I'm supposed to take this bill to the county clerk's office and pay them four hundred dollars? Sally: That's about the size of it.
See also: of, size

That's about the size of it.

  (informal)
used to agree that someone's opinion or description of a situation is correct 'So she just ignored all the warnings and went up the mountain anyway?' 'That's about the size of it.'
See cut down to size, try for size
See also: of, size

that's about the size of it

That sums up the situation; that's how things are. For example, So he's going to resign next month?-Yes, that's about the size of it, or Mary's applying to all those colleges?-That's about the size of it. A mid-19th century British expression that soon crossed the Atlantic, it appeared in Mark Twain's Tramp Abroad (1880): "'Bloodshed!' 'That's about the size of it,' I said."
See also: of, size