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Watch the video below to learn more about how to use this idiom in context.
In a nutshell? Do you mean a nut?
No! The phrase in a nutshell means basically; to summarize; or in a few words.
Let’s look at a few examples of how to use this phrase naturally:
- We received the results of the survey. In a nutshell, people see our brand as trustworthy but old-fashioned.
- Well, Mr. Smith, we have your blood test results. In a nutshell, you’re quite healthy, but you need to cut down on your sugar intake.
- OK, OK, this is taking too long. I have another meeting in ten minutes. In a nutshell, what’s the problem?
So, there we are: in a nutshell. Do you have a similar phrase in your language? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
Now it’s your turn to practice using today’s idiom. Have a look at the questions below and write some sentences in response.
- How would you explain the theory of gravity to a child?
- If you wanted to explain your complicated job to a stranger, what would you say?
- How would you summarise your goals for the next ten years?
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