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  • 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.

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