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the meat of the matter

The most important, basic, or fundamental essence or element(s) of an issue, problem, or matter at hand. Thank you all for attending this staff meeting. Before we get to the meat of the matter, I'd like to assure each of you that your jobs are secure. Here's the meat of the matter, Bill: we feel you've not been meeting the standards of work that we should be expecting of you in recent weeks.
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Then he proceeds to get to the meat of the matter: We talk so much of the unsung heroes of Martial Law, have been doing this for more than three decades.
'I go now to the real meat of the matter. Unless we can really cut down on graft and corruption, this country will never progress within the next 30 years.
You are carried into Ike's tough life in inner city New York, though sometimes the account dwelt too much on side stories because you want get on with the meat of the matter.
Tabal's resignation was, according to the Patafa, the 'meat of the matter' why it did not include her in the SEA Games roster.
Here, human rights is the exceptionalist meat of the matter. It is the convenient club for the UN with which to bash independent states over the head with considerable political, economic and diplomatic pressure, but which can be completely ignored when it suits the political and geopolitical agenda in Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv.
MEAT OF THE MATTER Chef creates 6,000-calorie burger which contains nearly three pounds of meat, 10 strips of bacon and 12 onion rings...it also comes with a salad...not that you'll have room for it!
After an hour of beating around the bush, Tom dove straight into the meat of the matter and let the bros know that he wanted to beat around their bushes.
Let's get to the meat of the matter now, the fact that the vast majority of Namibians rarely read and then, normally only for studies.
The meat of the matter lies in the mater's time on screen with her to be 'damaad' (son-in-law).
So let us, in the first instance, cut to the meat of the matter. Will the Goldman Sukuk go ahead?
That makes the present volume read like a poor man's cholent, with the meat of the matter lost in filler.
E covered the meat industry's destructive environmental legacy in its 2008 feature "The Meat of the Matter".
Very few have the ability to cut to the chase and get to the meat of the matter better than Chris.
In our July/August 2008 cover story, "Meat of the Matter," we made the case again--adding another global warming culprit to the mix: methane.