it's a long story

(redirected from long story)
Also found in: Acronyms.

it's a long story

The story is very long and convoluted (and perhaps too long to tell the whole thing). A: "So how did you and Jim meet?" B: "It's a long story, but the short version is that we met in college." A: "Why were you running across the courtyard in your underwear yesterday?" B: "Ugh, it's a long story. I'll tell you tomorrow."
See also: long, story

it’s a ˌlong ˈstory

(informal) used to say that the reasons for something are complicated and you would prefer not to give all the details: ‘So why did you leave?’ ‘Oh, it’s a long story — I’ll tell you some other time.’
See also: long, story
References in classic literature ?
Yes, I have been to Barsoom again, and--but it's a long story, too long to tell in the limited time I have before I must return.
The Doctor, waiting for more facts, began to fear that he stood committed to a long story.
That is a long story," answered the King, with a Winged laugh; "but as we have a long journey before us, I will pass the time by telling you about it, if you wish.
Well, to make a long story short, we got a few hands on board, made a good cruise home, and the HISPANIOLA reached Bristol just as Mr.
To make a long story short, however, father carried his point, as usual; mother basely deserted me at the last moment, and, after holding out alone for three days, I told them to do with me what they pleased
But we cannot follow his curious fate further-- that would be a long story.
He was telling a long story, and as he went on, Antonia took my hand under the table and held it tight.
He was telling her a long story (of robbers outside the walls being taken up by a stone statue of a Saint), to entertain her--as he said to me when I came out, 'because he had a daughter of his own, though she was not so pretty.
He made a long story of it; but the part that had immediate interest for me was this: He said I was Sir Kay's prisoner, and that in the due course of custom I would be flung into a dungeon and left there on scant commons until my friends ransomed me -- unless I chanced to rot, first.
But make haste, Senora Trifaldi; for it is late, and I am dying to know the end of this long story.
The long story of "Their Majesties' Servants," treated thus, becomes from age to age an agreeable addition to those personal memoirs--Evelyn's, and the like--which bring the influence and charm of a visible countenance to the dry tenour of ordinary history, and the critic's work upon it naturally becomes, in the first place, a mere gathering of some of the flowers which lie so abundantly scattered here and there.
Not to protract this portion of our narrative, and to make short work of a long story, let it be briefly written that before the interview came to a close, the single gentleman deemed he had sufficient evidence of having been told the truth, and that he endeavoured to force upon the bride and bridegroom an acknowledgment of their kindness to the unfriended child, which, however, they steadily declined accepting.
I only desire her to go into the High Street' (and then he pulls out a turnover), 'to such a shop'; and then he tells them a long story of two fine neckcloths he had bid money for, and he wanted to have me go and make an errand to buy a neck to the turnover that he showed, to see if they would take my money for the neckcloths; to bid a shilling more, and haggle with them; and then he made more errands, and so continued to have such petty business to do, that I should be sure to stay a good while.
I must tell you, mon cher," he continued in the sad and measured tones of a man who intends to tell a long story, "that our name is one of the most ancient in France.
Well, brother, to make a long story short, I was going in for a regular explosion here to uproot all malignant influences in the locality, but Pashenka won the day.