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sixty-four-dollar question

Fig. the most important question; the question that everyone wants to know the answer to. Who will win? Now, that is the sixty-four-dollar question. Now for the sixty-four-dollar question. What's the stock market going to do this year?
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the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question

  (informal) also the million-dollar question (informal)
an important or difficult question which people do not know the answer to So will she marry him or not? - that's the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question.
See beg the question, call into question, pop the question
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the sixty-four-dollar question

n. the most important question; the question that everyone wants to know the answer to. When? Now, that is the sixty-four-dollar question.
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n. an act of mutual oral sex. (Based on the interlocking numerals in 69. Usually objectionable.) The old lady caught them in the bushes doing a sixty-nine.

$64 question

The essential or ultimate question. One of the most popular radio quiz shows during the 1940s was Take It or Leave It in which contestants strived to answer question after question until they reached the top prize of sixty-four silver dollars. The questions increased in difficulty, and at any point contestants could choose to stop and keep the amount of money they had won to that point. The phrase “$64 dollar question” became a catchword to the point that it became the program's name, and people applied the phrase to any very important question or matter. Even more popular was the 1950s television spinoff, The $64,000 Question, with the phrase, now adjusted to inflation, catching on in popular speech, but not to the extent that its antecedent did.
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Norman Court Stud's Tania Trant said: "Because we have received so much interest in Sixties Icon, we thought it only fair to let breeders know as soon as possible what he would be standing for in 2013.
RETRO STAPLES Trousers and maxi lengths don't really figure in the Sixties wardrobe so prepare to bare your pins.
The Overtures are recognised as one of the finest exponents of Sixties music and among their many credits and successes they are proud to have been asked personally by Sir Elton John to be the main act at his civil ceremony wedding.
An appeal by organisers for authentic Sixties clothing brought a surprising response as people dug out their old duds from their attics.
The current concept of the Sixties landscape - populated by kaftan wearing hippies and girls in Mary Quant fashions doing all sorts of 'groovy' things with joss sticks - is, sadly, a fiction from the Austin Powers movies.
19) This view of the Quiet Revolution as a "dramatic break" with a "parochial past" is also repeated in the book's introduction, where the Sixties in Quebec are portrayed as "a bridge from the time of Maurice Duplessis and the Grande noirceur to a vibrant, progressive, and modern Quebec.
Noseda said: "I was very happy with Sixties Icon's performance on ground that would have been a little quicker than he would really like.
Swinging Sixties, the V&A publication tied in with a Sixties Fashion display at the museum (until February 2007), is packed with pictures of the iconic models of the day - Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, for example - wearing outfits that would not be out of place in today's Vogue magazine.
Featuring Brummie favourites Malcolm, Don Maclean, Lizzie Wiggins and Dave Sealey as well as sixties singer Jess Conrad the show features the same characters as its predecessor - but ten years on.
For one thing, there were an awful lot of Boomers who spent the sixties surfing, listening to the Beach Boys, and limiting their participation in the events of the era to growing sideburns.
One came from a building up of demands during the early sixties for a more vigorous pluralism and a liberalizing of the public sphere, which registered the concerted impatience of the so-called "1945ers," those cohorts of intellectuals who came of age during the foundation years of the Federal Republic and were now demanding their voice.
This mythologizing of the Sixties is not good history.
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