the heart of the matter


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the heart of the matter

The most important, basic, or fundamental essence or elements of an issue, problem, or matter at hand. Thank you all for attending this staff meeting. Before we get to the heart of the matter, I'd like to assure each of you that your jobs are secure. Here's the heart of the matter, Bill. We feel like you're performance has been slipping recently.
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*the heart of the matter

the central issue of the matter. (Crux is an old word meaning "cross." *Typically: be at ~; get at ~; go to ~; look at ~.) All right, this is the crux of the matter. It's about time that we got to the heart of the matter.
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the ˈheart of the matter

the most central and important part of a situation, problem, etc: And now we come to the heart of the matter. Who is going to pay for all this?
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References in classic literature ?
But the heart of the matter is the business of my chief, Ardshiel."
These were all factors which had to be taken into consideration, and yet none of them got quite to the heart of the matter. What was the starting-point of this chain of events?
We are sure to come at the heart of the matter by your means, little woman."
Next time you quote, try not leaving out the heart of the matter.
Summary: This issue is really the heart of the matter.
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The Heart of the Matter - a title which probably sprang to mind in an instant - is an example of art and medicine coming together to both inform and provoke wonder.
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The heart of the matter is utterly straightforward: Jews have no more urgent interest than the energetic pursuit of their values.
The second session, which concluded on 18 March, entered into the heart of the matter. "We had substantive and useful discussions on a range of subjects, including enrichment [of uranium], the Arak reactor, cooperation on civil applications and sanctions," reads the statement.
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