in brief

[in brief] or [in short] or [in a word] {adv. phr.} Briefly; togive the meaning of what has been said or written in a word or in afew words; in summary.

The children could play as long as theyliked, they had no work to do, and nobody scolded them; in short, theywere happy.

The speaker didn't know his subject, nor did he speakwell; in brief, he was disappointing.

John is smart, polite, andwell-behaved. In a word, he is admirable.