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the meat of the matter

The most important, basic, or fundamental essence or element(s) of an issue, problem, or matter at hand. Thank you all for attending this staff meeting. Before we get to the meat of the matter, I'd like to assure each of you that your jobs are secure. Here's the meat of the matter, Bill: we feel you've not been meeting the standards of work that we should be expecting of you in recent weeks.
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At evening time - her son-in-law was returned, so she did not need to go on inspection round the farm - she won to the meat of the matter, explained low-voicedly by the lama.
Let's get to the meat of the matter now, the fact that the vast majority of Namibians rarely read and then, normally only for studies.
The meat of the matter lies in the mater's time on screen with her damaad.
So let us, in the first instance, cut to the meat of the matter.
Very few have the ability to cut to the chase and get to the meat of the matter better than Chris.
Instead of getting straight to the meat of the matter, Strachan told their reporter it was unusual not to see him standing outside Newcastle in the pouring rain.
But the meat of the matter is that the site has added new tools and reorganized its content into three major sections so those who are planning their Hawaii vacations can find the information they need quickly.
The meat of the matter at the IFFA Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, was increased efficiency and cost savings.
If you're running a smooth, well-balanced operation with clean, well-maintained schools and money to operate, then a superintendent can really turn to the meat of the matter, which is educating children.
The limitation here is that the person receiving the feedback often concentrates on the bread and ignores the meat of the matter.
She enjoys rolling up her sleeves and getting into the meat of the matter, establishing the challenges and finding solutions.
To give Salvadorans a bigger slice of the basics of life, she went straight to the meat of the matter and began baking and selling Millie's Meat Pies.
Still, the real meat of the matter is Farber flying solo with his wild prejudices and enthusiasms boldly tattooed on the wing of his little single-prop plane of cinematic advocacy.