W2S2 [ˈsto:ri] n plural stories
1¦(for entertainment)¦
7¦(of a film/play etc)¦
8 it's the same story here/there/in ...
9 it's the same old story
10 it's a long story
11 to cut a long story short
12 but that's another story
13 that's not the whole story
14 that's the story of my life
15 end of story
16 a different story
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: estorie, from Latin historia; HISTORY]
a description of how something happened, that is intended to entertain people, and may be true or imaginary
→↑tale story about/of
a story about a princess
fairy/ghost/love etc story
a detective story
tell/read sb a story
Mommy, will you read me a story?
a book of short stories
We cuddled together over a bedtime story .
The film was based on a true story .
Don't be frightened - it's only a story (=it is imaginary) .
2.) ¦(NEWS)¦
a report in a newspaper or news broadcast about a recent event
a front-page story
'The Observer' ran a story about the scandal (=reported it) .
cover story
(=the main story in a magazine, that is about the picture on the cover)
3.) ¦(EVENTS)¦
an account of something that has happened, usually one that people tell each other, and which may not be true
The full story of what happened has never been reported.
Her parents did not believe her story.
First he wanted to hear Matthew's side of the story (=his description of what happened) .
He was having an affair with Julie, or so the story goes (=people are saying this) .
4.) ¦(EXCUSE)¦
an excuse or explanation, especially one that you have invented
Where were you? And don't give me some story about working late!
Well that's my story (=that is what I say happened) , and I'm sticking to it.
5.) ¦(HISTORY)¦
a description of the most important events in someone's life or in the development of something
the Charlie Parker Story
He wanted to have his life story told on film.
6.) ¦(BUILDING)¦
AmE a floor or level of a building
British Equivalent: storey
a fifty-story building
what happens in a film, play, or book
= ↑plot
The story is similar in all her books.
8.) it's the same story here/there/in ...
used to say the same thing is happening in another place
Unemployment is falling in the US and it's the same story in Europe.
9.) spoken it's the same old story
used to say that the present bad situation has often happened before
It's the same old story - too much work and not enough time.
10.) spoken it's a long story
used to tell someone that you do not want to give them all the details that a full answer to their question would need
11.) spoken to cut a long story short also to make a long story short AmE
used when you only give the main point of something you are talking about, and not all the other details
12.) spoken but that's another story
used when you have mentioned something that you are not going to talk about on this occasion
13.) spoken that's not the whole story
used to say that there are more details which people need to know in order to understand the situation
14.) spoken that's the story of my life
used after a disappointing experience to mean that similar disappointing things always seem to happen to you
15.) spoken end of story
used to say that there is nothing more to say about a particular subject
As far as I'm concerned Terry is still a friend, end of story.
16.) a different story
used to say that something is not what you expect it to be
It looks like a big house, but inside it's a different story.
17.) ¦(LIE)¦
a lie - used by children or when speaking to children
You shouldn't tell stories .
cock and bull story atcock1 (4)
success story atsuccesssee usage notestorey

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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