the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question

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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
See also: question
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MULTAN -- The million-dollar question is that would the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf be able to get the third wicket in the next 24 hours or not as the Multan election tribunal is going to announce verdict regarding NA-154 rigging today (Wednesday).
Thus, let us keep the Common Market, but ditch the EU as soon as possible, although the million-dollar question has to be, "Does David Cameron think along the same lines, and if not, why are we not having a referendum any time now - perhaps Baldrick, he of the clever plan, has the answer?
The million-dollar question is: Whether or not he is capable of leading a popular political party?
The million-dollar question, though, is where they are going to have the big Christmas meal, considering the current condition of the Duchess.
When asked how the husband could not have known his wife had given birth to seven children, Mr Roberts replied, "That's the million-dollar question.
But whether he will is the million-dollar question.
The million-dollar question is: how long we would allow such history to repeat itself?
Asked if he will select himself against a side 84 league positions above his, Clarke said: "That's the million-dollar question.
Thomson says: "It's the million-dollar question when it comes to booking a holiday - where should I go at this time of year?
Dozens of things go wrong at the same time when cells are overwhelmed by excess fat storage, and the million-dollar question is: Which of these factors cause the breakdown of cellular balance?
Ultimately, oversight is the million-dollar question that could decide the fate of the proposed merger.
Right there, folks, is the million-dollar question.
The million-dollar question is whether he will stay but there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree.
But it was the unknown future missions--in this particular case, countering the IED threat--that was really the million-dollar question, which we were not able to answer back in post-Desert Storm," he points out.
The million-dollar question raised Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors' meeting was: Where did nearly 12 million gallons of raw sewage go?