in a nutshell
phrasal in a very brief statement

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • in a nutshell — Nutshell Nut shell , n. 1. The shell or hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is inclosed. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a thing of little compass, or of little value. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) A shell of the genus Nucula. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in a nutshell — {adv. phr.}, {informal} In a few words; briefly, without telling all about it. * /We are in a hurry, so I ll give you the story in a nutshell./ * /In a nutshell, the car is no bargain./ Compare: IN SHORT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in a nutshell — {adv. phr.}, {informal} In a few words; briefly, without telling all about it. * /We are in a hurry, so I ll give you the story in a nutshell./ * /In a nutshell, the car is no bargain./ Compare: IN SHORT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in a nutshell — ► in a nutshell in the fewest possible words. Main Entry: ↑nutshell …   English terms dictionary

  • in a nutshell — This idiom is used to introduce a concise summary …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • in a nutshell — adverb summed up briefly gave the facts in a nutshell just tell me the story in a nutshell explained the situation in a nutshell * * * adverb : in or within a small compass or limit : in a very brief statement : in a few words …   Useful english dictionary

  • in\ a\ nutshell — adv. phr. informal In a few words; briefly, without telling all about it. We are in a hurry, so I ll give you the story in a nutshell. In a nutshell, the car is no bargain. Compare: in short …   Словарь американских идиом

  • in a nutshell — something that you say when you are describing something using as few words as possible. Karen wants them to get married and buy a house and Mike wants them to carry on as they are and that, in a nutshell, is the problem. Well, to put it in a… …   New idioms dictionary

  • in a nutshell — adverb In summary; briefly or simply. He had a lot to say, but his answer, in a nutshell, was no …   Wiktionary

  • in a nutshell — spoken used for saying that you are going to express something in a simple direct way To put it in a nutshell, we lost the case …   English dictionary

  • in a nutshell — briefly I tried to explain the problem to him in a nutshell but there still wasn t enough time …   Idioms and examples

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