Part of speech: noun

The shell of a nut.

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Usage examples "nutshell":

  1. When Dr. Bell asserted that this system of symptoms " would not bear the test of accuracy as regards the cause of the disease or the pathological condition of the sufferer;" that the forms in use " were merely the changing external symptoms, often having scarcely a diurnal continuance before passing from one to another," and constituting a division useless as regards moral or medical treatment- he expressed in a nutshell all the objections since urged against the orthodox classification by the other alienists I have mentioned. - "Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles", Daniel Hack Tuke.
  2. There, sir, is political economy in a nutshell. - "Crotchet-Castle", Peacock, Thomas Love.
  3. There, said Ainslie, you have the thing in a nutshell. - "The Gold Trail", Harold Bindloss.