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for The long and the short
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Short \Short\, n.
1. A summary account.
The short and the long is, our play is preferred.
2. pl. The part of milled grain sifted out which is next
finer than the bran.
The first remove above bran is shorts. --Halliwell.
3. pl. Short, inferior hemp.
4. pl. Breeches; shortclothes. [Slang] --Dickens.
5. (Phonetics) A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
If we compare the nearest conventional shorts and
longs in English, as in "bit" and "beat," "not" and
"naught," we find that the short vowels are
generally wide, the long narrow, besides being
generally diphthongic as well. Hence, originally
short vowels can be lengthened and yet kept quite
distinct from the original longs. --H. Sweet.
In short, in few words; in brief; briefly.
The long and the short, the whole; a brief summing up.
The shorts (Stock Exchange), those who are unsupplied with
stocks which they contracted to deliver.
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