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used to preceed an exaggerated story about a mistake/problem that could (usually) be summed up with a short, more accurate, explanation.
"well, what happened was... a dog saw a squirrel and ran three times around the tree and by the time I finished helping the dog, that's when my sister's car was stolen by Iraqi Ninjas. So I chased them down and punched one in the face, he burst into flames and then I got back into the car, drove here and that's why i'm late for work."
by Professor Rubow December 02, 2008

Words related to well, what happened was...

exaggerate exaggeration fallacy preface stalling