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be of the essence

To be a key consideration or absolute necessity. It goes without saying that discretion is of the essence in this situation. Has anyone called an ambulance? Time is of the essence with this man's injuries!
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of the essence

Absolutely necessary; of great importance or key consideration. It goes without saying that discretion is of the essence in this situation. Has anyone called an ambulance? Time is of the essence with this man's injuries!
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of the essence

Of the greatest importance, crucial, as in Time is of the essence. This idiom, which uses essence in the sense of "the most important element of something," was first recorded in 1873, although the phrase the essence of ... was already being used in the mid-1600s.
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of the essence

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If something is of the essence, it is absolutely necessary in order for a particular action to be successful. Time is of the essence. Speed was of the essence in a project of this type.
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of the essence

critically important.
1990 Louis de Bernières The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts Gentlemen, we have before us an important mission for which speed and efficiency are of the essence, and where surprise is the key element.
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of the ˈessence

absolutely necessary: Time is of the essence (= we must do things as quickly as possible).
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of the essence

Of the greatest importance; crucial: Time is of the essence.
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MSNBC's live programming during the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience, from the heart of the ESSENCE Festival, underscores their commitment to broaden the national reach and impact of conversations with thought-leaders, politicians, authors, celebrities and artists who will address the critical issues facing our communities-especially those of people of color and women," said Ebanks.
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NEW YORK, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ESSENCE is proud to announce the official line up of the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience at the ESSENCE Music Festival in New Orleans this July 5th-8th.
This year's attendance of more than 422,000 certainly underscores the significance of the ESSENCE Music Festival as the place where we all come together to celebrate culture and connect to our community," said Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks, "At ESSENCE, we are committed to being present in the lives of our audience and the ESSENCE Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind platform not only for entertainment, but also for celebration, information and inspiration.
Between our incredible music line up, the fun and informative offerings of the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience and the many interactive on-site sponsor activities, the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
We are pleased that these brands recognize the magnitude of the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL as well as the opportunity to build an authentic connection with African Americans families," said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications Inc.