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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in a word

Briefly, concisely. This expression, which is usually followed by a fair number of words—as in, “In a word, the bank is unable to accommodate Mr. Brown’s request for a loan”—was used by Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona (“And in a word . . . he is compleat in feature and in mind”). It was much favored by various of Dickens’s more verbose characters, such as Mr. Micawber.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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