long story short

long story short

An aside indicating that one is skipping extraneous or unnecessary details and getting to the point. Anyway, long story short, I got expelled for writing graffiti on bathroom stalls. My friend introduced me to her at a work function a year ago, and—long story short—we're moving in together next month.
See also: long, short, story

to cut a long story short

To skip extraneous or unnecessary details; to get to the point. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I got expelled for writing graffiti on bathroom stalls. My friend introduced me to her at a work function a year ago, and, to cut a long story short, we're moving in together next month.
See also: cut, long, short, story

to make a long story short

To abbreviate a longer story by skipping directly to the point. To make a long story short, my opponent was better than me, and I lost, OK?
See also: long, make, short, story

long story short

Sl. to make a long story short. Okay, long story short: everything that goes up comes down, okay? Then the guy comes over, and—long story short—"You got a match?"
See also: long, short, story

to cut a long story short

BRITISH or

to make a long story short

AMERICAN
COMMON When you are describing something that happened, you can say to cut a long story short to mean that you are only going to mention the final result or point, without any extra details. I took a short-term job with the company and, to cut a long story short, I ended up as managing director. I saw a really good-looking guy stepping off the airplane and thought, Boy! I could go for him, and to make a long story short, we're getting married.
See also: cut, long, short, story

to cut (or make) a long story short

used to end an account of events quickly.
See also: cut, long, short, story

to cut a long story ˈshort

(British English) (American English to make a long story ˈshort) (spoken) used when a speaker is not going to describe all the details of something, only the final result: ‘What happened at the meeting?’ ‘Well, to cut a long story short, ten people are going to lose their jobs.’
See also: cut, long, short, story

long story short

phr. to make a long story short. Then the guy comes over, and—long story short—“You got a match?”
See also: long, short, story
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To make a long story short, however, father carried his point, as usual; mother basely deserted me at the last moment, and, after holding out alone for three days, I told them to do with me what they pleased
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I stayed a' t m' y nan's house yesterday, I had ripped jeans on, long story short I woke up and all the rips were sown up.
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To make a long story short, I hit the only twig in three counties and missed at 40 yards.
Cutting a long story short, I took Gary Southall to the small claims court.
To cut a long story short, dad is 86 and mum will be 81 at the end of next month, dad has Alzheimer's and is almost blind with glaucoma.
To cut a long story short, the actor's wish was Sri Lanka's command.
Khan Hussain Khan said further, to cut the long story short, head of state must give a serious thought to save the country from anarchy and issue orders to withdraw the notification, on 18th February, set for hearing, by Supreme Court, for the sake of integrity and solidarity of Pakistan.