the fact/truth of the matter

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the fact of the matter

The most basic, fundamental truth of something. I know these regulations are unpopular, but the fact of that matter is that we have to control property prices if we are going to avoid an economic crisis like what we faced in the past. He never shies away from discussing the fact of the matter, even if it means he comes across badly.
See also: fact, matter, of

the truth of the matter

The most basic, fundamental truth of something. I know these regulations are unpopular, but the truth of that matter is that we have to control property prices if we are going to avoid an economic crisis like what we faced in the past. He never shies away from discussing the truth of the matter, even if it means he comes across badly.
See also: matter, of, truth

the ˈfact/ˈtruth of the matter

used when you want to show you are being honest, or when you are telling somebody something unusual or surprising: I didn’t take anything, and that’s the truth of the matter.The fact of the matter is that they only got married so she could stay in the country.
See also: fact, matter, of, truth
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The fact of the matter is we can sit up here all day and we can talk about transformation and new systems from a new world, but in fact the truth is that 80 percent of what we have in our inventories today in any of our services in any of our countries, 80 percent will still be with us 20 years from now.
The fact of the matter is, being gay does play in Peoria.
The brutal fact of the matter is without them and their cash, MG wouldn't have survived.
The fact of the matter is that there is dysfunction from both of those things, and that has to change," Cebrowski, DoD's chief transformation proponent, declared.
The fact of the matter is that nixies just aren't that important in list evaluation.
The fact of the matter is that, regardless of the national pronouncements of justice, the aim of the oppressing power at the local level was to completely suppress any type of effective response from the black population.
Israeli relations, the fact of the matter is that Israel has much pull over U.
Look, the fact of the matter is, we're not doing a very good job of organizing any longer," he told me in a radio interview back in 1997.
The plain fact of the matter is that the Arab world is not interested in an independent Palestinian state.
The fact of the matter is that we have a large number of immigrants in our state," says Washington State Rep.
He adds: "The fact of the matter is, Ronald Reagan was right and the fact of the matter is, George Bush is right".
The simple fact of the matter is, in recent years there was irresponsible development, which engendered irresponsible operations.
Whatever the reason for these limitations, the fact of the matter is that the amount of infrastructure financing these international financial institutions can provide is far below current needs, and unlikely to catch up very soon.
We're not necessarily arguing that it should be one-to-one, but the fact of the matter is that most small business owners and self employed people, on average, earn less than the average employee.
The plain fact of the matter is that growing food has nontarget effects--plowing has nontarget effects," she says.