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Daemon
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the short and the long of it

The essential or most important point being made; the plain truth of the matter. More...

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the short and the long of it — The essential or most important point being made; the plain truth of the matter.
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The short and the long of it

The essential or most important point being made; the plain truth of the matter.

- There are a lot of reasons I don't want to go, but the short and the long of it is that I don't want to see my ex-boyfriend there. Bob, the short and the long of it is that we aren't satisfied with your performance in work lately.
- The government has been unable to deal with the DACA supporters by a set of reasons, but, in the core, the short and the long of it is that it is a really sensitive matter.
- Many are of opinion that the new agreement should have been proposed by the government a long time ago, this is the short and the long of it.
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The short and long of it:

Nowadays, we've changed this phrase a bit. We tend to say "the long and the short of it." It still has the same meaning, but we've switched up the order. Granted most of us aren't saying it after a ridiculous series of events like Bottom. But the sentiment is still the same. When we say this today, usually we're just trying to say something is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. (Bottom line)

A Midsummer-Night’s Dream

Act IV. Scene II.

Athens. A Room in QUINCE’S House.



"Not a word of me. All that I will tell you is, that
the duke hath dined. Get your apparel together,
good strings to your beards, new ribbons to your
pumps; meet presently at the palace; every man look
o'er his part; for the short and the long is, our
play is preferred. In any case, let Thisby have
clean linen; and let not him that plays the lion
pair his nails, for they shall hang out for the
lion's claws. And, most dear actors, eat no onions
nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I
do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet
comedy. No more words: away! go, away! "

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