Meaning of “it's a long story” in the English Dictionary

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"it's a long story" in British English

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it's a long story

something that you say when someone has asked you about something that has happened and you do not want to explain it to them because it would take too long:

"So why was Carlo knocking on your door at midnight?" "It's a long story."

(Definition of “it's a long story” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)