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matter of fact

1. noun Something that is true and factual. My attendance in this class is a matter of fact! You can check the sign-in sheets—I was here every week! The deficit is a matter of fact, not opinion. The numbers don't lie.
2. adjective Straightforward in communication. Usually hyphenated. It's better to be matter-of-fact when you fire someone, rather than trying to dance around the subject. The instructions should be matter-of-fact, but instead the manual is written with overly descriptive language.
3. adjective Nonchalant or not expressing excitement. Usually hyphenated. I don't know how you can be so matter-of-fact about winning that award—it's a great honor!
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Something that is literally or factually true, as in The records showed it to be a matter of fact that they were married in 1960. This idiom often occurs in the phrase as a matter of fact, as in As a matter of fact, you are absolutely right. Matter of fact was first recorded in 1581, and originally was a legal term distinguishing the facts of a case from the law, called matter of law, applying to it. It began to be applied to other concerns in the late 1600s.
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As a matter of fact, the Boston Tea Party could just have easily been the Boston Beer Party.
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"As a matter of fact," he says, "defective knowledge of the liquid level was one of the major contributors to [the accident at] Three Mile Island."
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As a matter of fact tribal people are the soldiers with out getting pay and privilege, he added.
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Even more maddening, though, are the "polls" that ask us to opine on some current matter of fact or future event, like whether Osama bin Laden is alive or war will break out before February.
As a matter of fact, I'd like to make a public challenge to 04.