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the crux of the matter

The focal, central, or most important element of a topic, problem, or issue. Over the course of this trial, the prosecution intends to get to the crux of the matter regarding this company's shady financial dealings.
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*the crux of the matter

 and *the root of the matter;
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crux of the matter

Also, heart of the matter. The basic, central or critical point of an issue. For example, In this trial the bloodstains represent the crux of the matter, or We think the second clause is the heart of the matter. Although crux is Latin for "cross," in English it means "difficulty" or "puzzle," and it is from the latter that this expression is thought to be derived. The variant employs heart in the sense of "a vital part" (as it is in the body). The first term dates from the late 1800s, the variant from the early 1500s.
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One group I'm hoping will read Crux are ex-Catholics," Hanafin said.
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Obrecht's Salve crux (for which the group is joined by the bass Robert MacDonald) rounds up the disc in the most satisfying manner.
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Rock walls at Crux Rock Climbing Gym - a stone's throw from Hudson's planned venue - as well as at the University of Ore gon Student Recreation Center and the Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield offer 30-foot vertical climbs.
The work will commence in November 2015 and includes a site survey of the Crux gas field and a 160km route survey between the Crux and Prelude gas fields, in water depths ranging from 90m to 280m.
Crux Fermentation Project of Bend, OR, announced this week that Cam O'Connor (above, left) has joined the company as head brewer.
The long arm of Crux points to the bright star Achernar, low on the horizon.
US wireless communication services provider Verizon Wireless and Pantech, a Korean mobile handset manufacturer, on Wednesday announced the availability of the new Pantech Crux phone online at http://www.
Schatz is an experienced industry executive and has held senior leadership positions at Abbott Diagnostics, Medtronic, Bacchus Vascular and is the current president and chief executive officer of at Crux Biomedical.