Nutshell



[nuht-shel] /ˈnʌtˌʃɛl/

noun
1.
the shell of a nut.
Idioms
2.
in a nutshell, in very brief form; in a few words:
Just tell me the story in a nutshell.
/ˈnʌtˌʃɛl/
noun
1.
the shell around the kernel of a nut
2.
in a nutshell, in essence; briefly
n.

c.1200, nute-scalen; see nut + shell (n.). Figurative use with reference to “great condensation” (1570s) supposedly originally is a reference to a copy of the “Iliad,” mentioned by Pliny, which was so small it could fit into the shell of a nut.

verb

To condense; sum up: If I’m forced to nutshell it, the show is about community, it’s about the workplace and the town

[1883+; fr the idiom put something in a nutshell]
see: in a nutshell

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