in a word


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in a word

In summary; to say it briefly. The film was, in a word, dull. In a word, I'm quitting.
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in a word

Fig. said simply; concisely said. Mrs. Smith is—in a word—haughty. In a word, the play flopped.
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in a ˈword

(spoken) used for giving a very short, usually negative, answer or comment: In a word, ‘stupid’ is how I’d describe him.
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in a word

In short; in summary: In a word, the situation is serious.
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