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in a nutshell

very briefly The answer, in a nutshell, is no.
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in a nutshell

something that you say when you are describing something using as few words as possible Karen wants them to get married and buy a house and Mike wants them to carry on as they are and that, in a nutshell, is the problem. Well, to put it in a nutshell, we're going to have to start again.
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in a nutshell

Concisely, in a few words, as in Here's our proposal-in a nutshell, we want to sell the business to you. This hyperbolic expression alludes to the Roman writer Pliny's description of Homer's Iliad being copied in so tiny a hand that it could fit in a nutshell. For a time it referred to anything compressed, but from the 1500s on it referred mainly to written or spoken words.
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in a nutshell

In a few words; concisely: Just give me the facts in a nutshell.
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