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English definition of “the long and the short of it”

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the long and the short of it

informal
said when you want to explain the general situation without giving details: The long and the short of it is that they are willing to start the work in January.
Translations of “the long and the short of it”
in Chinese (Traditional) 總之,總的來講,總而言之…
in Chinese (Simplified) 总之,总的来讲,总而言之…
(Definition of the long and the short of it from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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