to cut a long story short


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to cut a long story short

  (British & Australian) also to make a long story short (American)
something that you say when you are about to stop telling someone all the details of something that happened and tell them only the main facts Anyway, to cut a long story short, we left at midnight and James left somewhat later.
See think long and hard, in the long run, in the long term
See also: cut, long, short, story