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nutshell

the shell around the kernel of a nut
References in classic literature ?
But now, you see, I can carry the basket with one arm, as if it was an empty nutshell, and give you th' other arm to lean on.
D'Artagnan found the sky blue, the breeze embalmed with saline perfumes, and he said: "I will embark with the first tide, if it be but in a nutshell.
To Martin that was the whole matter in a nutshell, and Rose's gentle question threw him into momentary confusion.
There you have it all in a nutshell, Watson, and if you can give me any light I shall be infinitely obliged to you.
So sharpe the conquering' put his case in a nutshell.