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In a Nutshell

The English idiom in a nutshell is a synonym for expressions like in summary, summed up briefly, in essence or in a few words. You use this phrase when you want to summarize something using as few words as possible. Take a look at the following dialogue:

Petra: So, Frank, what do you know about idioms?
Frank: In a nutshell, idioms are expressions that are difficult to understand based on their individual words. A good example would be it’s raining cats and dogs.

There are many articles or blogs out there that try to explain things
in a nutshell. Here are two examples:

The Crisis in a Nutshell: Occupy Wall Street
- newyorker.com, 19 October 2011, David Holmes
Preschooler Nutrition and Fitness: in a Nutshell
- raisingchildren.net.au

Both of these articles try to summarize complex subjects in only a few words, i.e. to give you all of the most important facts
in a nutshell.

In a nutshell, what do you know about Occupy Wall Street?

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