What does the word nutshell mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Daniel Hack Tuke
  2. There, sir, is political economy in a nutshell. – Crotchet-Castle by Peacock, Thomas Love
  3. There, said Ainslie, you have the thing in a nutshell. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss