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sum (sth/sb) up

verb uk phrasal verb with sum   /sʌm/ (-mm-) us  
B2 to describe or express the important facts or characteristics about something or someone: The best way of summing up the situation in our office is to say that it is 'absolute chaos'. I'd just like to sum up by saying that it's been a tremendous pleasure to work with you. He's a small man with a big ego - that about sums him up, doesn't it?Summaries and summarisingAccounts and stories
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