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  • v. Present participle of sum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who sums, in any sense of the verb sum; specifically, the act or process of working out an arithmetical problem.
  • n. In law: The address of the judge to the jury on a trial, after the close of the evidence and generally after arguments of counsel, usually recapitulating the essential points of the case and the evidence, and instructing them on the law. This is the English usage of the phrase, and corresponds to the charge or the American use of the word instructions.
  • n. The argument of counsel at the close of evidence on a trial either before a jury or before a judge or referee. This is the American usage of the phrase.


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  • Such was the horror of the conflict it became known, in a phrase summing up the vanity of hope, as "the war to end all wars."

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  • Inside, a long article about me declared near the top of the story, “Here comes 19-year-old Apolo Ohno, the name summing up divine talent and ungodly trouble,” adding a few sentences later, “Now comes Ohno, a diamond stud in his ear, a whiff of scandal in his wake.”

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  • "Drop back, scramble right, scramble left, find someone open," he said in summing up a night in which he scrambled right before throwing the game-winning, 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left.

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  • Then in summing up Simon Mayo (and I give him credit for this) returns to the 4 June question:

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  • They haven't developed enough 4 letter, nasty, terrible adjectives to describe this administration, but the one you used seems pretty accurate in summing up the last 8 years. big daddy from california

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  • You have an incredible alacrity in summing up statistical resonance and pouring it into the simplest graphical display.

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  • It inspired the once hidden but now public title summing up the entire Bush Administration - as the ranks of critics continues to swell: "Nothing Matters."

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  • I call summing it all up the Fortune Cookie Method.

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  • As the novelist and critic David Lodge has remarked, in summing up a lecture about the coexistence of fabulation, minimalism, and other movements, "Everything is in and nothing is out."

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  • "Just disgusting," he said, in summing up the day. - Nicklaus has highlight on 18th hole, but misses cut


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