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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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But there is little reason to think this when the grounding relation holds in virtue of the essence of the grounding property.
Service of a notice making time of the essence - where time is not of the essence and the tenant is unable to take the step itself, the tenant's recourse is to serve notice upon the landlord.
The clause will generally provide for the parties to agree the revised rent or for it to be fixed by a third party surveyor and may even state expressly that time is not of the essence in respect of the rent review clause.
In trying to balance these concerns, courts have generally adopted the position that where parties to an agreement agree that time is of the essence, then time will be of the essence unless holding to this strictly would be unconscionable.
Time of the essence is magical language," hummed Kastner.
For the second consecutive year, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is returning to New Orleans as a presenting sponsor of the ESSENCE Music Festival.
Like the perfume bottle of the Essences Insensees, the La Madeleine container can also be used as a classy interior accent.
Another traditional method is "dry solution," the transference of the essences on to a fatty substrate.