a matter of (something)

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a matter of (something)

1. What is important is (doing something). It's a matter of sticking with the program in order to succeed.
2. (Something) is the main or consequential issue. With your reckless spending behavior, it's only a matter of time before you go broke. I don't care about the money—it's a matter of principle.
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a matter of ˈdays, ˈmiles, ˈpounds, etc.

a particular number of days, miles, etc., especially when this number is small: Don’t worry, it’ll only be a matter of hours before he gets back.It will only cost us a matter of a few pounds.Travelling by boat could take us a matter of weeks.
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References in classic literature ?
We were provided with letters of introduction, as a matter of course.
It was sad to see him struggling between his desire to represent it to me as a matter of choice on his part, and his inability to conceal that it was forced upon him.
As we pointed out in the article yesterday, it's a matter of self-preservation for some of the owners.
This court finds that genuine fact issues remain as to whether the P policies were substantive shams as a matter of law.
Sounds like a guy the Dodgers could have used last season, and if not a matter of bad timing and perhaps weak knees, Guerrero would have been putting all those numbers together up the freeway where the team already claims Los Angeles.
I have another quote from the book A Matter of Time - Risk and Opportunity in the Nonschool Hours.
I wrote a piece on how Peter Angelos and the Baltimore Orioles were indemnified over television territorial rights, and went on to talk about how relocation or expansion in MLB was going to forever be a matter of placating whose ever territory -- television or operating -- was being encroached upon.
Should either party become unable to pay, the other party shall be, as a matter of law, required to pay all remaining unpaid taxes.
Really, the decision came down to a matter of fit, not performance,'' Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said.
The Tax Court reasoned that the controlled corporation's assumption of Kniffen's debt extinguished the $45,000 debt as a matter of law.
We put ourselves in position to have a chance at the end of the year, and now it's a matter of doing it.