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time is of the essence

Time is a key consideration in this situation (often because time is limited or a specific deadline must be met). Has anyone called an ambulance? Time is of the essence with this man's injuries! We have to get these pages to the printer by 8, so work faster, people—time is of the essence!
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be of the essence

To be a key consideration or absolute necessity. It goes without saying that discretion is of the essence in this situation. Has anyone called an ambulance? Time is of the essence with this man's injuries!
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of the essence

Absolutely necessary; of great importance or key consideration. It goes without saying that discretion is of the essence in this situation. Has anyone called an ambulance? Time is of the essence with this man's injuries!
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in essence

basically; essentially. I have lots of detailed advice for you, but in essence, I want you to do the best you can. In essence, lightning is just a giant spark of electricity.
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Time is of the essence.

Timing and meeting all the deadlines are essential and required. (Often seen in contractual agreements.) The final payment is due on the first day of December, by midnight. Time is of the essence.
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in essence

Basically, by nature, as in He is in essence a very private person or In essence, they were asking the wrong question. This term employs essence in the sense of "intrinsic nature," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
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of the essence

Of the greatest importance, crucial, as in Time is of the essence. This idiom, which uses essence in the sense of "the most important element of something," was first recorded in 1873, although the phrase the essence of ... was already being used in the mid-1600s.
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of the essence

FORMAL
If something is of the essence, it is absolutely necessary in order for a particular action to be successful. Time is of the essence. Speed was of the essence in a project of this type.
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of the essence

critically important.
1990 Louis de Bernières The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts Gentlemen, we have before us an important mission for which speed and efficiency are of the essence, and where surprise is the key element.
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of the ˈessence

absolutely necessary: Time is of the essence (= we must do things as quickly as possible).
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in essence

By nature; essentially: He is in essence a reclusive sort.
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of the essence

Of the greatest importance; crucial: Time is of the essence.
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This turns out to be true because the negation of one of the listed features, evenness, is entailed by the essences of the other two, primeness and being greater than 2--i.
Start with these favorite essences for spiritual practice from the remedy maker Flower Essence Services:
The crab apple essence promises to promote feelings of acceptance in moments of low confidence, cherry plum to help you feel rational when you fear you may lose control, and chestnut bud to help you stop repeating emotional eating patterns.
The traditional way of taking essences is a few drops sipped in water or dropped under the tongue, usually seven drops morning and evening as a standard dose and more often in emergency conditions.
More information about flower essences and their use in is available at the Great Lakes Sacred Essences company flower essence website: http://www.
Competitive essence may sound like a familiar and intuitive concept, but it's surprising how few companies are able to drive this essence across the breadth and depth of their operations, let alone remain focused on competitive essence during times of serious market change.
Most people will have heard of Bach Remedies which are good, especially for older people, but I use a range of different essences from different countries which I think are better at dealing with more contemporary issues.
On-pack now, customers can receive a free hair wash, cut and blow dry by simply buying a bottle of Herbal Essences.
The Taoist methods of conserving seed essences simultaneously transmute that essence into internal spiritual processes.
The online storefront is integrated with P&G's new Herbal Essences marketing campaign, "Never Underestimate the Power of Herbal.
Flower essences are natural products made from wild plants.
Flower essences are prepared by placing flower petals--the plant part believed to have the most life force--into a glass bowl of water.
Clairol Herbal Essences is known for its award-winning fragrance and fantastic experiential qualities," says Bill Susetka, president of Clairol U.
Boyarin is absolutely right that there is no such thing as a human essence that is truly universal, because such essences are always envisioned with some particular template of what constitutes a human being, but he projects back upon Paul the wrong template.