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burning question

 and the burning question
Fig. a question whose answer is of great interest to everyone; a question that needs very much to be answered, as a fire needs to be extinguished. There's a burning question that needs to be answered: Why did you leave your wife of only one month?
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burning question

An urgent or crucial issue under heated discussion. For example, Real estate taxes are always a burning question for the town leaders. This term has exact equivalents in French ( question brûlante) and German ( brennende Frage). [Mid-1800s]
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She did not refer to the burning question at all, but she chatted amiably of other matters, and Gilbert understood that he was forgiven under protest.
Thence it was but a step to the burning question of the day; and in tones a little shaken, she commented on the interval since she had last made tea for the prodigal, and congratulated him on his return.
From end to end of our island the question of religion was the burning question of the day.
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THE burning question for Arsenal fans is this: Given the choice would Arsene Wenger prefer to finish fourth, win the FA Cup or make a net profit in the next transfer window?
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The burning question at this moment is how refinancing options -- or a lack thereof -- will affect commercial market stability.
But this franchise has DePodesta's name written all over it, for better or worse - and better or worse is the burning question.
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In answer to the burning question as to whether or not the U.
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