the long and the short of it


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the long and the short of it

The main idea or facts of something. That's the long and the short of it. If you want more details, you'll have to ask Laura.
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long and the short of it

 and short and the long of it
Fig. the most important point; the summary of the matter. Jill: Is there some reason that you've spent the last half hour complaining about Fred? Jane: The long and the short of it is, I hate working with him so much that I'm going to resign. Dad keeps saying that he can't spend the rest of his life in mourning for Mother. I finally asked him if he was thinking of getting married again. "That's the long and the short of it," he admitted.
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the long and the short of it

all that can or need be said.
1999 Tim Lott White City Blue His mother takes a lot of looking after, his wage is worse than Nodge's, and the long and short of it is he hasn't got a pot to piss in.
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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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