a matter of (something)

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a matter of (something)

1. What is important is (doing something). It's a matter of sticking with the program in order to succeed.
2. (Something) is the main or consequential issue. With your reckless spending behavior, it's only a matter of time before you go broke. I don't care about the money—it's a matter of principle.
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a matter of ˈdays, ˈmiles, ˈpounds, etc.

a particular number of days, miles, etc., especially when this number is small: Don’t worry, it’ll only be a matter of hours before he gets back.It will only cost us a matter of a few pounds.Travelling by boat could take us a matter of weeks.
See also: matter, of
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We were provided with letters of introduction, as a matter of course.
It was sad to see him struggling between his desire to represent it to me as a matter of choice on his part, and his inability to conceal that it was forced upon him.
On the occasion, Khetran said that he had won the elections as an independent candidate and now it was a matter of pride for him to join BAP, adding that Balochistan would definitely be developed under the dynamic leadership of BAP.
With Yoenis, it's just a matter of keeping him on the field."
As we pointed out in the article yesterday, it's a matter of self-preservation for some of the owners.
Mr Justice Weir said: "As a matter of logic, I must conclude that on the balance of probabilities, the excess of salt was administered to A by the mother and I so find."
This court finds that genuine fact issues remain as to whether the P policies were substantive shams as a matter of law.
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Should either party become unable to pay, the other party shall be, as a matter of law, required to pay all remaining unpaid taxes.
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The Second Circuit disagreed, holding that the Tax Court had erred as a matter of law.
Instead, the marital deduction has to be reduced to the extent administrative expenses are paid out of the estate's income as a matter of Federal law, and not as determined by the vagaries of local law.