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I heard of the phrase "hit my head in short" on an American radio. I figure it probably means put/make/explain it in short. But I'm really not sure. I searched it on the web, and I haven't found it used anywhere. Is it a common phrase? Or we should take it literally.

Note: I might mishear it. It could "heat my head in short" as well.

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  • Can you give any indication as to the context in which it was said?
    – Chris Mack
    Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 12:59
  • @ChrisMack It goes fast and I haven't caught much. But I think that person was trying to be brief. That's why I think he meant "put it in short".
    – dan
    Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 13:07
  • @ChrisMack I might mishear. It could be "heat my head in short".
    – dan
    Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 13:42

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If the person was trying to be brief, then saying "in short" is a very idiomatic way to state this as their intention. It's often said before, or perhaps after, providing a summary or simplification of something you've already said in a longer way.

Consider the following sentence uttered by Mr. Micawber in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield (the character is renowned for his use of "in short"):

Accidents will occur in the best regulated families; and in families not regulated by that pervading influence which sanctifies while it enhances the–a–I would say, in short, by the influence of Woman, in the lofty character of Wife, they may be expected with confidence, and must be borne with philosophy.

This may well be what you are hearing.

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  • I know the phrase "in short", but not "hit my head in short".
    – dan
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 3:06
  • The phrase "hit my head in short", I've never heard, so would need the surrounding context. If it is a common saying, I imagine it's very colloquial!
    – Chris Mack
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 11:21

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