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the thing is

The main or fundamental issue or element (of what's being discussed). I agree with your point, but the thing is, if we agree to increase spending for education, then all sorts of other public utilities will go underfunded as a result!
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the thing is

The issue, main point, or problem is, as in The thing is, we haven't enough money for the tickets. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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the ˌthing (about/with something) ˈis

(spoken) used to introduce an important fact, reason or explanation: I know you want to expand the business. The thing is, we haven’t got the money to do that.I’m sorry I didn’t call you. The thing is, I’ve been really busy lately.
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