a long story


: a description of how something happened that is complicated to explain
"Why are you late?" "It's a long story. I'll tell you later."

Examples of a long story in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the Wall Street Journal recently ran a long story about Biden’s age issues, the bulk of the reporting leaned heavily on Republican politicians who have endorsed Trump claiming that Biden was slipping. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 13 June 2024 Every media session with Foerster includes a long story (or five). Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 30 May 2024 In another clip, Nick is extremely focused on telling someone off-camera a long story when Amber suddenly interrupts, playing another orchestral song. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2024 Chappelle concludes The Dreamer with a long story about how his second stand-up special went awry involving a nightclub, loud music, bad producers, and Russian mobsters. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 31 Dec. 2023 To make a long story short, that man is now Shania’s husband. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 5 Dec. 2023 To make a long story short, in this book Lewis doesn’t exercise any. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 So, yeah, quite a long story and ended up here in Ohio. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 17 July 2023 Trump’s recent indictment was, in fact, merely one chapter in a long story of GOP disappointments since Trump took control of the party in 2016. Michael Torres, National Review, 12 Apr. 2023

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“A long story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20long%20story. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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