in a nutshell

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The shell enclosing the meat of a nut.
in a nutshell
In a few words; concisely: Just give me the facts in a nutshell.
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(nat) noun
1. a fruit consisting of a single seed in a hard shell. a hazel-nut; a walnut.
2. a small round piece of metal with a hole through it, for screwing on the end of a bolt to hold pieces of wood, metal etc together. a nut and bolt.
ˈnutty adjective
1. containing, or tasting of, nuts. a nutty flavour.
2. a slang word for mad. He's quite nutty.
ˈnutcracker noun
(usually in plural) an instrument for cracking nuts open. a pair of nutcrackers.
ˈnutshell noun
the hard covering of a nut.
in a nutshell
expressed, described etc very briefly. I'll tell you the story in a nutshell.
References in classic literature ?
It all lies in a nutshell my dear; in a nutshell, take the Dodger's word for it.
D'Artagnan found the sky blue, the breeze embalmed with saline perfumes, and he said: "I will embark with the first tide, if it be but in a nutshell.
Here is the reading, as your English phrase goes, in a nutshell.
To Martin that was the whole matter in a nutshell, and Rose's gentle question threw him into momentary confusion.