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Meaning of "in a nut shell"



 
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Meaning of "in a nut shell" #1 (permalink) Thu May 11, 2006 17:02 pm   Meaning of "in a nut shell"
 

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ESL/EFL Test #202 "Idioms about Food", question 7

"'In a nutshell', the problem was caused by a faulty wire," said the experienced electrician. What does 'in a nutshell' mean? .........

(a) To be blunt about something
(b) To be concise about something
(c) To be long and exhaustive about something

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #202 "Idioms about Food", answer 7

"'In a nutshell', the problem was caused by a faulty wire," said the experienced electrician. What does 'in a nutshell' mean? To be concise about something

Correct answer: (b) To be concise about something
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In a nutshell #2 (permalink) Thu May 11, 2006 17:52 pm   In a nutshell
 

Hi Gaine,

The expression put something in a nutshell or simply in a nutshell means explaining something in the simplest form/using as few words as possible to explain something. Here's an example:

I've got bills to pay, I've got to have my car repaired and I've just lost my job - putting it in a nutshell I'm fed up!

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