to make a long story short


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long story short

An expression indicating that one is skipping extraneous or unnecessary details and getting to the point. Anyway, long story short, I got expelled for writing graffiti on bathroom stalls. My friend introduced me to her at a work function a year ago, and—long story short—we're moving in together next month.
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to make a long story short

To abbreviate a longer story by skipping directly to the point or giving a brief summary. To make a long story short, my opponent was better than me, and I lost, OK? To make a long story short, I got lost on the trail, and had to follow the road all the way back.
See also: long, make, short, story

long story short

Sl. to make a long story short. Okay, long story short: everything that goes up comes down, okay? Then the guy comes over, and—long story short—"You got a match?"
See also: long, short, story

make a long story short

 and cut a long story short
to leave out parts of a story to make it shorter; to bring a story to an end. (A formula that introduces a summary of a story or a joke. See also long story short.) Andto make a long story short—I never got back the money that I lent him. If I can make a long story short, let me say that everything worked out fine.
See also: long, make, short, story

make a long story short

Get to the point, as in To make a long story short, they got married and moved to Omaha. Although the idea of abbreviating a long-winded account is ancient, this precise phrase dates only from the 1800s. Henry David Thoreau played on it in a letter of 1857: "Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long time to make it short."
See also: long, make, short, story

long story short

phr. to make a long story short. Then the guy comes over, and—long story short—“You got a match?”
See also: long, short, story