pith of the matter

pith of the matter

The core, central, essential, or most important part(s) or element(s) of some matter at hand. I'd love to sit and catch up with you, John, but let's get to the right to pith of the matter and start talking business. Your Honor and the jury will find that the pith of the matter is revealed by this single piece of evidence—the murder weapon, with the suspect's finger prints all over it.
See also: matter, of, pith
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The truth is, lot tracking is more tangential to what FDA CFR Part 11 is all about, and far from being the pith of the matter.
As argument about the sacrament proceeded at mid-century in Reformation England, there was general agreement, according to Cranmer, the reform-minded Archbishop of Canterbury, that "the very pith of the matter, and the chief point whereupon the whole controuersy hangeth, [is] whether in these words, 'This is my body,' Christ called bread his body.