burning question

burning question

An important, and perhaps scandalous, question that requires an answer. If Fred lied about his alibi, then the burning question is: what is he trying to hide?
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burning question

 and the burning question
Fig. a question whose answer is of great interest to everyone; a question that needs very much to be answered, as a fire needs to be extinguished. There's a burning question that needs to be answered: Why did you leave your wife of only one month?
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burning question

An urgent or crucial issue under heated discussion. For example, Real estate taxes are always a burning question for the town leaders. This term has exact equivalents in French ( question brûlante) and German ( brennende Frage). [Mid-1800s]
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She did not refer to the burning question at all, but she chatted amiably of other matters, and Gilbert understood that he was forgiven under protest.
Thence it was but a step to the burning question of the day; and in tones a little shaken, she commented on the interval since she had last made tea for the prodigal, and congratulated him on his return.
It was a great deal to ask of a fledgling morality that was yet scarcely cognizant of its untried wings; but even as the man wavered between right and wrong there crept into his mind the one great and burning question of his life--had he a soul?
From end to end of our island the question of religion was the burning question of the day.
We want anyone who has ever wanted to know what happens at a mosque or has a burning question they want to ask to come along," said community outreach manager Mohammed Alamgir Ahmed.
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THE burning question for Arsenal fans is this: Given the choice would Arsene Wenger prefer to finish fourth, win the FA Cup or make a net profit in the next transfer window?
While their experiences proved invaluable back then, giving them the confidence to chat to new people, the burning question is: were they successful in finding love?
The burning question at this moment is how refinancing options -- or a lack thereof -- will affect commercial market stability.
This leaves a burning question regarding the morality of judgment.
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