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in a nutshell

Definition of in a nutshell in English:

In the fewest possible words: she put the matter in a nutshell
[Originally with allusion to a copy of Homer's Iliad which, as reported by Pliny the Elder, was supposedly small enough to be enclosed in the shell of a nut]
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  • Its brief, in a nutshell, is to showcase works of art to as broad a spectrum of people as possible.
  • This, in a nutshell, summarizes the uphill battle of perception facing hedge funds.
  • Yet, in a nutshell, it lacks the originality that it would take to launch a musical revolution.
in short, briefly, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, in essence, in outline
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