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Expressions used when telling stories - synonyms or related words

it all began

used for introducing a long story or account of something



used when telling a story for introducing the words that you or someone else has said




used when telling a story for introducing the words that you or someone else has said



used in stories to mean at a particular time in the story

there I was/we were

used when you are telling a story and you want to give a summary of the situation that you were in at a particular stage

with that, someone does something

used in a story for saying that someone leaves immediately after saying or doing something

the long and the short of it

used for saying that you will tell someone a long and complicated story very quickly and simply

to be continued

used for saying that a story will begin again at a later date, starting from the point where it stopped

to cut/make a long story short

used for saying that you will tell the end or the main point of a story without giving all the details



used for introducing information that you think someone needs to know in order to understand the story that you are telling


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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