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sum someone/something up

Definition of sum someone/something up in English:

Express a concise idea of the nature or character of a person or thing: selfish—that summed her up
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  • However, she hopes she would be more realistic than Ranevskaya, though she likes her character, summing her up as ‘complex, vulnerable, selfish, very flawed, hopefully charming but emotionally all over the shop’.
  • Asked to describe Armenian music, Montreal singer Lousnak sums it up in a single word.
  • These characteristics can be summed up as elegance, if you want just one word, but their real character is drinkability.
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