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Idioms: the last word -- the long and the short of it

IdiomMeaningExample
the last word the last statement in a discussion or argument "You always want to have the last word, don't you. Well not this time! There!"
the laughing stock the person everybody is laughing at If you ride a camel to work, we'll be the laughing stock of the town.
the lay of the land (See get the lay of the land)
the life of Riley a good life, a life with choices, the best things in life are free David quit his job, bought a small farm, and he's living the life of Riley!
the life of the party a lively, funny person who causes people to laugh Jerry was the life of the party - singing, joking and laughing.
the lights are on but nobody's home the eyes are open but lifeless, not all there "Hello! Hello, Pat! His lights are on but nobody's home. Ha ha."
the lion's share the largest part, the biggest piece Thanks to the mothers for doing the lion's share of the work.
the living daylights the life, the consciousness When that dog barked, it scared the living daylights out of me.
the living end the very best, the greatest, the most beautiful Have you heard K.D. Lang sing? She's the livin' end.
the long and the short of it everything I know, the whole story He ended his report with, "That's the long and the short of it."

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