the shell of a nut.
in a nutshell, in very brief form; in a few words:
Just tell me the story in a nutshell.
the shell around the kernel of a nut
in a nutshell, in essence; briefly
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.
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
/ˈnʌtsəʊ/ adjective 1. (informal, mainly US) insane adjective Crazy; nutty: I have to keep up with 29 (mostly nutso) ballot initiatives/ drove each other nutsy with crashing self-confidence (first form 1975+, second 1923+)
adjective crazy: This city is nutsville (1980s+)
[nuht-see] /ˈnʌt si/ adjective, nutsier, nutsiest. 1. (defs 3, 4). adjective Crazy; nutty: I have to keep up with 29 (mostly nutso) ballot initiatives/ drove each other nutsy with crashing self-confidence (first form 1975+, second 1923+)
[nuht] /nʌt/ noun 1. a dry fruit consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell. 2. the kernel itself. 3. Botany. a hard, indehiscent, one-seeded fruit, as the chestnut or the acorn. 4. any of various devices or ornaments resembling a nut. 5. a block, usually of metal and […]