Idiom of the day: in a nutshell


Meaning: You can say “in a nutshell” if you’re about to describe something as briefly as possible, or you’re going to sum something up.

For example:

  • It’s a very complex situation, but the problem is, in a nutshell, a lack of sales.
  • The president’s in trouble and the reason, in a nutshell, is that people no longer trust him.
  • To put it in a nutshell, we lost the case.

Similar: in short,  briefly, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, in essence, in outline