the crux of the matter

the crux of the matter

The focal, central, or most important element of a topic, problem, or issue. Over the course of this trial, the prosecution intends to get to the crux of the matter regarding this company's shady financial dealings.
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*the crux of the matter

 and *the root of the matter;
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They both reinforce each other and herein lies the crux of the matter.
And here lies the crux of the matter, for I do not share the typical English fault of sentimentality towards animals.
Allen said that he agree "with the view of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi the Iraqi army will move when it is ready for it, and this is the crux of the matter.
Rapporteur of the Energy Committee Nafti Mahdhi told TAP "the remaining amendments are superficial," saying the crux of the matter rests in Article 32 which stipulates the creation of a technical committee in charge of renewable energy to ensure transparency and avoid cases of corruption.
And this gets to the crux of the matter and the reason why, in the end, I would support the demolition of the cafe.
The crux of the matter is that the writer is revelling in the past.
Whether Adolf Hitler was or was not a vegetarian is of little consequence in the considerably more important, wider debate, of people's lifestyle choices; which is clearly the crux of the matter here.
Some have focused on specific people and things -- a religious figure or a television station -- but the crux of the matter is Qatar's determination to act on a world stage in a manner that is wildly out of line with its demographic clout.
It seems that the crux of the matter involves establishment's stand more than civil government's initiatives for peace.
The crux of the matter is that Lucan is trying to have his wife Veronica (Catherine McCormack) declared insane so he can get custody of their children.
They were bullied out on a pitch perfect for batting and that is the crux of the matter.
For drivers deciding between the Civic and the Accord, the crux of the matter simply equates to weighing their wants and needs against the offerings of either a compact or mid-size automobile.
I am certain that the crux of the matter is really 'attitude'.
Judge Norman Wright told Deevy his victim was "sleeping in perhaps the only place outside her home where she would have felt safe" - and this is the crux of the matter.
According to the former Australian off-spinner, if boards had interfered and made threats to captains to change their votes, which he said was the crux of the matter, it is necessary to ensure that the players' representative is actually the representative chosen freely by players, not one forced upon the players by boards.