The long and the short

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • The long and the short the whole; a brief summing up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • The long and the short the sum of the matter in a few words
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Quotations

  • Nikita Ivanovich Panin
    Nikita Ivanovich Panin
    “In youth the days are short and the years are long. In old age the years are short and day's long.”
  • Howard Davies
    Howard Davies
    “Most people...find a disorientating mismatch between the long-term nature of their liabilities and the increasingly short-term nature of their assets.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “The road to learning by precept is long, but by example short and effective.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “The wise person has long ears and a short tongue.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lang; Ger. lang, Ice. langr.

Usage

In literature:

But it's gone, that's the long and the short of it, and you'll just have to change to a red flann'l one till I can get time to make a new one.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part 8" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Tom skimmed up the shore through the long twilight, chatting cheerily with Huck, and landed shortly after dark.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Part 8." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He's an old fool, that's the long and short of it.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
How grandly long the nights were and short the days!
"Travels in Alaska" by John Muir
Miss Roanoke has been eccentric, and that has been the long and the short of it.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
He was in short an old darling, and with an old darling in the long run one was always safe.
"The Reverberator" by Henry James
Long and short of it, 'twas the life I was meant for, and I done well in it.
"Captain January" by Laura E. Richards
That's the short and the long of it.
"Jackanapes, Daddy Darwin's Dovecot and Other Stories" by Juliana Horatio Ewing
He joined me, and shortly, as we crossed the road, the long Texas doctor, who owned the dog, came striding down the way.
"Crooked Trails" by Frederic Remington
Don't be down-hearted, Arabella; nature never meant your husband for a doctor, and there's the long and the short of it.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
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In poetry:

It makes the night appear so short,
The bed is hard and cold;
It makes the days appear so long
To both the young and old.
"Ajax' Fright" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The day was long, the night was short,
The bed was hard and cold;
Still weary are the little ones,
Still weary are the old.
"The Wolf At The Door" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
O long the way and short the day,
No light in tower or town,
The waters roar and far the shore--
My ship, my ship goes down!
"O Long The Way" by Morris Rosenfeld
Ah! life is brief, though love be long;
The altar and the bier,
The burial hymn and bridal song,
Were both in one short year!
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In fine weather and foul weather
The rock his arts did flout,
Through the long days and the short days,
Till all that year ran out.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Then all thy life, or short or long — Then all thy powers, small or great,
To God, to whom they all belong,
Anew thou didst them dedicate;
And o'er the broad and trackless deep
Came hither both to sow and reap.
"A Holy Messenger" by James Madison Bell

In news:

The Animal Welfare League will host its eighth annual motorcycle run The Long and Short of It Sunday.
The National Chamber Foundation study ranked the Great Plains state first in short- and long-term job growth, and third in projected future jobs.
You think you've found the perfect pair, you enter the dressing room, and you discover they are either too short or too long.
I have heard that Kubo (short for Hajime Kubokawa) is the best sushi chef in Houston, and I figured this free-form dish would give him a long solo.
The Long and the Short of It.
Gone Fishin': 67th Derby ends with awards - the long and the short of it.
Local publicity for your small business can be key to success in the short and long term.
The year's second Snow White film is an epic action yarn that's long on grit and short on fairy-tale magic.
Currently, the district contracts with Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) to find teachers when needed for both short and long-term substitution .
Living it up, laughing it out, and enjoying the moments because life is short, and I'm just not sure how long my journey here will be so I'm out to see and do all I can while I'm on this earth.
It may cost more to start off, but in the long run, and even short run, it will pay for itself.
OPEC faces a triple dilemma over the short, medium and long term, none of which have good outcomes for the cartel.
Try on the newest celebrity hairstyles from short cuts and bangs to long party styles and updos, plus find out how to get the looks yourself.
Try on the newest celebrity hairstyles from short cuts and bangs to long party styles and updos, plus find out how to get the looks yourself.
Alan Greenspan's book, The Age of Turbulence , develops a good subplot to the agriculture industry's short- and long-term future.
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In science:

B2 with Π = {α, β} a set of simple roots, α short, β long, W the Weyl group, and ( , ) the unique W -invariant form defined on Φ with (α, β ) = −2, (α, α) = 2 and (β , β ) = 4, so that hα, ˇβ i = −1, hβ , ˇαi = −2.
Representations of quantum groups defined over commutative rings II
In Eq. (26) we have not properly included the short distance contribution from ρ ∼ 1/k and the shapedependent long-distance contribution from ρ ∼ L.
Interaction Matrix Element Fluctuations in Ballistic Quantum Dots: Random Wave Model
Fig 12 shows the relation between s (defined as the ratio between the short and long axes) and M200 .
Concentration, Spin and Shape of Dark Matter Haloes as a Function of the Cosmological Model: WMAP1, WMAP3 and WMAP5 results
The proofs in this section are based on invariance principles for stationary sequences with short or long-range dependence (see, for example, ) and the CTRW limit theory developed in .
Correlated continuous time random walks
The standard linewing criteria of 15 K at 3 km s−1 is marked with long dashes, and the low-level linewing criteria with short dashes.
Star formation in Perseus - V. Outflows detected by HARP
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