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burning question

An important, and perhaps scandalous, question that requires an answer. If Fred lied about his alibi, then the burning question is: what is he trying to hide?
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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.
It was a great deal to ask of a fledgling morality that was yet scarcely cognizant of its untried wings; but even as the man wavered between right and wrong there crept into his mind the one great and burning question of his life--had he a soul?
From end to end of our island the question of religion was the burning question of the day.
So here are my suggestions for three burning questions of the week.
Grace Poe, head of the Senate committee on public order, Cayetano formally requested for more hearings on the incident to allow the senators more time "to propound burning questions that demands answers "
Today we remind him what those six burning questions are.
Hence this one-man tour, wherein the chummy actor aims to throw the floor open to whatever burning questions the audience may have about his colourful life and career.
WE'VE been inundated with burning questions this week.
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Byline: Richard Austen addresses the burning questions from last week's action
HUNDREDS of Teessiders flooded energy advice lines with their burning questions on how to slash fuel bills this winter.
Tight lips: Little said he has settled on the answers to two of the most burning questions of the spring: Who will take the mound in the season opener April 2 at Milwaukee and in what order the top twohitters, Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre, will come to the plate.
To the chagrin of his overbearing teacup Chihuahua, Poncho, Brendan Kelly made time for me in order to answer some burning questions.
Why don't you let me gather some of the burning questions employees 'have, and we'll use the space to answer them?