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 for in short
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Short \Short\, n.
     1. A summary account.
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              The short and the long is, our play is preferred.
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     2. pl. The part of milled grain sifted out which is next
        finer than the bran.
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              The first remove above bran is shorts. --Halliwell.
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     3. pl. Short, inferior hemp.
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     4. pl. Breeches; shortclothes. [Slang] --Dickens.
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     5. (Phonetics) A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
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              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.
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     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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  in short
      adv 1: in a concise manner; in a few words; "the history is
             summed up concisely in this book"; "she replied briefly";
             "briefly, we have a problem"; "to put it shortly" [syn:
             concisely, briefly, shortly, in brief, in

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