noun (plural stories)
- There are romance stories, historical stories and adventures.
- I write adventure stories, thrillers, so most of my heroes spend their time running after the bad guys.
- His most recent work shows that a novel of philosophical analysis can be a real story.
- As the plot unfolds, the story begins to collapse under the weight of its unanswered questions.
- Shock revelations follow as the story unravels, the plot thickens and the audience grows more intrigued.
- But I think we always return because we are hungry for the same story, the same plot.
- For centuries, if not longer, there have been rumours and stories about a giant bird living in the remote areas of Australia.
- In his letters, he gossips, tells wicked stories and speaks the unguarded truth.
- He fed his in-crowd with stories, gossip, tips and steers.
- The story that news papers would of course like to run is imminent collapse and absolute disaster.
- Obviously we will be bringing you many other big news stories in your favourite newspaper over the coming 12 months.
- We only hope they will at least provide more careful, balanced statements during live broadcasts or in newspaper stories.
- Like me, it is a bit wrinkled and frayed at the edges but it recalls a moment of history in the life story of Britain's railway industry.
- His life story is one of the most extraordinary tales in the history of the game.
- A reformed heroin addict turned property developer is hoping to film part of his life story in Swindon.
- At best, it will make some detainees feel better by letting them tell their side of the story.
- Apart from issuing a few brief statements, the failed viceroy has yet to face the media to tell his side of the story.
- Analysts and investors are just not listening to our side of the story.
- If it had happened at night then the story might have been different.
- But it was a different story when an easier chance fell for him a minute later.
- It is a story that has worrying similarities with the experiences of farmers elsewhere.
Both storey and story (and indeed history) come from Latin historia ‘history, story’. A story was initially a historical account or representation, usually involving passages of bible history and legends of the saints. From the 1500s the word was used in connection with fictitious events for the entertainment of people. As for storey, which is essentially the same word, there may have originally been a reference to tiers of painted windows or sculptures used to decorate the front of a building, each one representing a historical subject. So each tier was a different ‘story’ or, once the spelling changed, ‘storey’. Eventually the word came to refer to a level or floor of a building. At some time in the 1930s or before, someone told a long, rambling anecdote about a dog with shaggy hair. It must have caught the public imagination, as ever since then any long rambling story or joke that is only amusing because it is absurdly inconsequential or pointless has been a shaggy-dog story.
but that's another story
- informal Used after raising a matter to indicate that one does not want to expand on it for now.Example sentences
- Of course I was useless with women, but that's another story.
- Then I got a job and bought a house, and then I went to work in Washington DC... but that's another story.
- And I must say I was pretty impressed with his Spanish, but that's another story.
end of story
- see end.Example sentences
- I knew it wasn't the full story, the investigators knew it wasn't the full story but it was the statement that was going to be made, end of story.
- Our campaign is not going to be about one big bang and that's it, end of story.
- They are getting phased out of the picture, end of story.
it's a long story
- informal Used to indicate that, for now, one does not want to talk about something that is too painful or complicated.Example sentences
- It's (the tail end of) Purim, when it's traditional to eat triangular shaped pastries, though frankly it's a long story that I can't go into now.
- ‘I - it's a long story,’ she said, looking away and twisting her fingers painfully.
- But it's a long story, and I don't have the energy right now.
it's (or that's) the story of one's life
- informal Used as a resigned acknowledgement that one has experienced a particular misfortune too often: ‘He’s more likely to have run off with a dancer,’ Laura said bitterly. ‘It’s the story of my life.’More example sentences
- But that's the story of my life - missed opportunities and bad timing.
- I was running a little late, but then that's the story of my life.
- He didn't want to, and that's the story of my life.
the story goes
- It is said or rumoured: the story goes that he’s fallen out with his friendsMore example sentences
- Pirates fleeing the British navy, as the story goes, found themselves on St Lucia's east coast off of Marquis Bay.
- This, the story goes, secured a large crowd, a conviction for indecency and copious ticket-shifting headlines.
- This fearsome serpent, so the story goes, had a poisoned tongue, breathed fire and smoke, and had teeth as large as the prongs of a pitchfork.
to cut (or North American make) a long story short
- Used to end an account of events quickly: to cut a long story short, I married StephenMore example sentences
- I was doing research on how traumatic experiences impact memory functioning and to make a long story short, alien abductions was a type of traumatic experience people were reporting.
- I became independent and to make a long story short, here I am now, living in an apartment, financially stable, and not addicted to drugs.
- Anyway, to make a long story short, I met a guy - a fellow chorus boy - and we had a fling.