the crux of the matter

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the crux of the matter

The focal, central, or most important element of a topic, problem, or issue. Over the course of this trial, the prosecution intends to get to the crux of the matter regarding this company's shady financial dealings.
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*the crux of the matter

 and *the root of the matter;
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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.
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The developments in Cairo and Hama this week are significant because they go to the heart of the matter of who ultimately shapes national policy in Arab states.
To us, it was clear that to express a sense of China's immense geography, the rich diversity of its peoples and their history, and the sheer scale and complexity of the First Emperor's achievements, we needed, physically, to go to the heart of the matter in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, where the soldiers were discovered.
It doesn't really go to the heart of the matter, which is making sure buildings can ultimately get conventional financing," said Appel.
While men debate their two-layer items, women go to the heart of the matter, take many more risks and accomplish much more.
Unfortunately, the changes do not go to the heart of the matter," said the letter to ICANN's Board, signed by Network Solutions and seven other registrars.
go to the heart of the matter when they identify this critical gap in the research.
With two of three days gone in their formal presentation of the evidence, the House managers were to go to the heart of the matter Saturday and argue that Clinton's behavior, criminal or not, amounts to impeachable offenses calling for his ouster under the Constitution.
Calming the universities down, stopping grade inflation, making students study, all of that may be salutary, but it does not go to the heart of the matter.
Frankly, we think reform should go to the heart of the matter.