nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio) \

Definition of nutshell

1 : the hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is enclosed
2 : something of small size, amount, or scope
in a nutshell
: in a very brief statement

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His fifth and sixth minor-league rehab games, at Sacramento last Monday and Saturday, were Cueto in a nutshell. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Johnny Cueto’s ready to resume bid to pitch until he is 40," 1 Sep. 2019 In a nutshell, larger fields tend to not favor any one particular running style more than the other, a general statement, but pretty accurate as well. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Congratulations to Bast for her Debutante win," 1 Sep. 2019 Their argument, in a nutshell: —A fuzzy commitment to multiple stakeholders could undermine financial discipline; and —The move won’t appease left-wing politicians like Elizabeth Warren. David Meyer, Fortune, "End of Shareholder Primacy, Part III: CEO Daily," 21 Aug. 2019 That's really in a nutshell what Moving Arts is about. Kathleen Toner, CNN, "Professional dancer opens arts center for kids living in the heart of America's opioid epidemic," 15 Aug. 2019 That, in a nutshell, is why his fans will find this new development interesting. Nick Romano,, "Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley marks a stark shift for director: 'No supernatural'," 9 Aug. 2019 In a nutshell, the Weedmaps Museum of Weed is here to tell the whole story of cannabis. Felicia Gans,, "Photos: Weedmaps Museum of Weed opens in Los Angeles," 5 Aug. 2019 That, to me, is the Streisand effect in a nutshell. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Felicity Huffman Movie ‘Otherhood’ Is the Streisand Effect in Action," 2 Aug. 2019 That, in a nutshell, is how Albert Bourla, the newish chief executive of Pfizer, described the merger of the giant drugmaker’s stodgy but profitable off-patent division, Upjohn, and Mylan, a big but struggling generic-drug firm. The Economist, "Pfizer and Mylan want to create a generic-drug giant," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nutshell

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nutshell was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nutshell

: the hard outer shell of a nut


nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio) \

Kids Definition of nutshell

: the shell of a nut
in a nutshell
: very briefly And that, in a nutshell, is my explanation.

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