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English definition of “it's a long story”

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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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