the long and (the) short of it

noun phrase

Definition of the long and (the) short of it

used when making a statement that is brief and that tells someone only the most important parts of something I could give you a lot of reasons for my decision, but the long and short of it is that I just don't want to go.

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“The long and (the) short of it.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20long%20and%20%28the%29%20short%20of%20it. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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