Short-strokes definition

(idiomatic, usually preceded by the) The final steps of an undertaking, especially one which has been lengthy or laborious.
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(idiomatic) Bare essentials.
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Origin of short-strokes

  • Possibly an allusion to painting, in which a painter typically finishes a work with short, careful, finishing strokes of the paint brush, or to golf, in which a player concludes each hole by making short strokes with a putter.

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