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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.
See also: crux, matter, of

*the crux of the matter

 and *the root of the matter;
See also: crux, matter, of
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And to go to the root of the matter, why are you so positively convinced that not to act against his real normal interests guaranteed by the conclusions of reason and arithmetic is certainly always advantageous for man and must always be a law for mankind?
Having now, in his own phrase, "got to the root of the matter," he relighted his pipe with a grunt of satisfaction, and laid himself back in his old armchair.
There is another explanation somewhere, I feel convinced, at the root of the matter.
There is a certain class of unbelievers who sometimes ask me such questions as, if I think that I can live on vegetable food alone; and to strike at the root of the matter at once -- for the root is faith -- I am accustomed to answer such, that I can live on board nails.
Unlikely as it may seem, I had now actually groped my way to the root of the matter at last.
The usual words, however, must be respected; they will be found to contain the root of the matter.
Usually, said Fatima, there is a bigger underlying problem which needs to be spotted in order to get to the root of the matter.
We should determine the elements of this regime by getting to the root of the matter.
But the root of the matter, he added, was that the Army failed to include the local government in its security measures.
Instead of playing politics, we should go into the root of the matter," said Adeeb.
CBI cannot go to the root of the matter and find the truth, and even if some honest officer tries to find the truth, the UPA is a rogue government which will not allow it to act independently," he said.
It strikes at the root of the matter," the bench observed while hearing two PILs seeking court- monitored probe and cancellation of the allocation of coal blocks for which no auction was conducted.
For now, the RSS has been in touch with the BJP top brass to investigate and get to the root of the matter.
Let's act with restraint as law enforcement agencies get to the root of the matter," he said.