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crux of the matter

Also, heart of the matter. The basic, central or critical point of an issue. For example, In this trial the bloodstains represent the crux of the matter, or We think the second clause is the heart of the matter. Although crux is Latin for "cross," in English it means "difficulty" or "puzzle," and it is from the latter that this expression is thought to be derived. The variant employs heart in the sense of "a vital part" (as it is in the body). The first term dates from the late 1800s, the variant from the early 1500s.
See also: crux, matter, of
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But the heart of the matter is the business of my chief, Ardshiel.
These were all factors which had to be taken into consideration, and yet none of them got quite to the heart of the matter.
We are sure to come at the heart of the matter by your means, little woman.
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8220;We can get past the anxiety and panic and touch the heart of the matter.
The heart of the matter is utterly straightforward: Jews have no more urgent interest than the energetic pursuit of their values.
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The heart of the matter is that the relevant economic context nowadays is not Europe but globalization.
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VERDICT: Hart gets to the heart of the matter of Hollywood hackery (Random House, pounds 19.
VALERIE HILL comes to the heart of the matter yet again (Daily Post, April 10) in highlighting the Tsar for the Elderly's apparent indifference to the very people she was elected to help.
Bakewell became known in the 1960s on Late Night Line-Up on BBC2 and went on to present shows including Heart Of The Matter.
For Holland's Pies, suppliers to both Old Trafford and Anfield, fans' rivalry was so intense that Neil Court-Johnston, Holland's MD, formed a Pie Panel to get to the heart of the matter.
He wrote: "Just because there will be no criminal charges, doesn't necessarily mean that those at the heart of the matter have done nothing wrong.
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