the long and the short of it


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the long and the short of it

the truth of the matter The long and the short of it is that physical activity is extremely good for your health!
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the long and the short of it

something that you say when you intend to tell someone something in the quickest and simplest way possible Anyway, the long and the short of it is that he's not going to be working for us any more.
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the long and the short of it

The substance or gist: You can look on the front page of the paper for the long and the short of it.
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