from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the whole; a brief summing up.
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Poor Mr. Henry speculated with something — Mr.. Cobling wasn’t clear what, but it was all very wicked and happened in London where there were so many wicked people — and the long and the short was, he lost it all, poor gentleman, and never held up his head again.
Miss Roanoke has been eccentric, and that has been the long and the short of it.
“Gunny, I got a call from my ex–battalion commander, who evidently got a bunch of calls, the long and the short of it being you wanted to talk to a Chicago detective who’d been on the Strong-Reilly crime scene.”