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to cut a long story short

This page is about the conversational phrase to cut a long story short

Meaning

You can say this if you're going to get to the main point of what you're saying quickly, without giving all the details.

For example

  • "Why did the company go bankrupt?"
    "Well, to cut a long story short, their products didn't sell."

  • "What happened to you guys last night?"
    "We went to a club and, to cut a long story short, we ended up in jail."

Note:
Also "to make a long story short" (North American English)

Quick Quiz

You can say "to cut a long story short" if you're

a. tired of hearing someone's story

b. not going to tell the whole story

c. sure someone's story isn't true

Contributor: Matt Errey