Definition of summing-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌmɪŋˈʌp/


1A restatement of the main points of an argument, case, etc. he was obviously startled at her cynical summing-up of his offer
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  • Ali offers an objective summing-up of the life of one of South Africa's greatest icons, and therein lies its credibility.
  • Say how far you consider this a fair summing-up of The Clerk's Tale.
  • What intrigued me was the contrast in the entries for Agatha Christie and Dorothy L.Sayers, who of course were two of the period's most celebrated crime writers, especially the summing-up.
1.1 Law A judge’s review of evidence at the end of a case, with a direction to the jury regarding points of law: his summing-up left the jury in no doubt about his own views
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  • In his summing-up to the jury the trial judge noted that the witnesses had arrived in court in a blaze of publicity and many had faced a bevy of photographers.
  • The judge's comment to the jury in his summing-up shows the difficulty in accepting that account.
  • In her summing-up the judge tells the jury that they may take Ben's good character evidence as relevant to his lack of credibility and his propensity to commit offences.

Words that rhyme with summing-up

cup, grown-up, pup, scup, straight-up, stuck-up, sup, totting-up, two-up, up, washing-up

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