to put it simply

to put it simply

To say something in clearer, more direct, or more easily understandable terms. A set phrase used when discussing a complicated topic or situation. A: "What the heck is a cholecystectomy?" B: "To put it simply, it's the surgical removal of the gallbladder, something we do here at the hospital everyday. We'll take good care of your husband." A: "To put it simply, he's a fool, and he never deserved you." B: "Well, don't mince words, Mom."
See also: put, simply, to
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