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in a nutshell

In summary; concisely. In a nutshell, the app helps you to plan parties. I don't want the long version—just tell me what your thesis is in a nutshell.
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put it in a nutshell

To summarize or describe something in only a few words. To put it in a nutshell, the servers are crashing because of an issue with our power supply. Let me put it in a nutshell for you: Show up late again, and you're fired!
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put something in a nutshell

Fig. to state something very concisely. (Alludes to the small size of a nutshell and the amount that it would hold.) The explanation is long and involved, but let me put it in a nutshell for you. To put it in a nutshell: you are fired!
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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

COMMON You say in a nutshell when you are describing something very briefly. She wants me to leave the company. I want to stay. That's it in a nutshell. I don't know what I'm doing and I guess that's the problem in a nutshell.
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in a nutshell

in the fewest possible words.
A nutshell is a traditional metaphor for a very small space. It is used by Shakespeare in Hamlet: ‘I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams’.
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(put something) in a ˈnutshell

(informal) (say or express something) in a very clear way, using few words: Unemployment is rising, prices are increasing; in a nutshell, the economy is in trouble.‘Do you like his idea?’ ‘To put it in a nutshell, no.’
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in a nutshell

In a few words; concisely: Just give me the facts in a nutshell.
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References in classic literature ?
The sorapus nutshell had proved a false prophet, and, after all, my intuition had been correct--it was the left-hand channel that I should have followed.
Monsieur, if you are a robber, as I hope you are, you produce upon me the effect of a heron attacking a nutshell.
Caleb Plummer and his Blind Daughter lived all alone by themselves, in a little cracked nutshell of a wooden house, which was, in truth, no better than a pimple on the prominent red-brick nose of Gruff and Tackleton.
Here is the reading, as your English phrase goes, in a nutshell.
The bracelets, necklace, and earrings were all what is called Berlin iron-work; but these delicate arabesques were made in Vienna, and seemed to have been fashioned by the fairies who, the stories tell us, are condemned by a jealous Carabosse to collect the eyes of ants, or weave a fabric so diaphanous that a nutshell can contain it.
Then he goes on board the same nutshell of a skiff that he sailed in from Egypt, passes under the noses of the English vessels, and sets foot in France.
Straight down there," answered the little old woman, pointing to a tiny shadow, no bigger than a nutshell, floating on the sea.
My dear Bunny, they're capital, not only qua verses but for crystallizing your subject and putting it in a nutshell.