the long and (the) short of the matter(redirected from long and short of the matter)
the long and (the) short of the matter
The main idea or facts of something. That's the long and the short of the matter. If you want more details, you'll have to ask Laura. The long and short of the matter is that Kyle is quitting, so we need to fill his position fast.
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long and the short of it/the matter, the
The essence of the matter; in a nutshell. This expression, sometimes reversed (that is, the short and the long of something), dates from the fourteenth century. Shakespeare preferred the reversed form (Henry V, 3.2; The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2.1), but by the end of the seventeenth century long nearly always preceded short.
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