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cut to the pith (of something)

To focus directly on the essential or core matter(s) of a given topic or issue. Her newest book cuts to the pith of what it means to be human. We are looking for a reporter who will cut to the pith, not fluff their articles with unnecessary details or asides.
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great pith and moment

High importance. A: "Making a speech at your college graduation is an occasion of great pith and moment." B: "I know, and I'm so honored that the committee chose me." Getting engaged is a decision of great pith and moment—do not take it lightly.
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pith of the matter

The core, central, essential, or most important part(s) or element(s) of some matter at hand. I'd love to sit and catch up with you, John, but let's get to the right to pith of the matter and start talking business. Your Honor and the jury will find that the pith of the matter is revealed by this single piece of evidence—the murder weapon, with the suspect's finger prints all over it.
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Final MC was affected by the target MC, but it was not affected by the cutting season or pith location.
Preliminary observations showed that longitudinal shrinkage in both stands decreased rapidly with age in growth rings near the pith and then leveled off.
A narrow thin-kerf portable band sawmill was used to slab each bolt to a 4 by 4 with the pith carefully centered.
The median value for the spiral grain measured close to the pith (GA at 10 mm distance) was 2 degrees, with a standard deviation of less than 1 degree (Table 2).
The boundary between the juvenile and mature wood was determined according to the method described by Shiokura (1982), in which a logarithmical formula was obtained as a function of the annual ring number from the pith. The ring number in which the increased ratio of the TL becomes less than 1 percent was regarded as the boundary between juvenile and mature wood (Shiokura 1982).
11%, respectively), whereas ear husks had the lowest Ca content (0.21%) and stem pith (and rind) had the lowest P content (0.03%).
Key Words: Low temperature steam; Rumen microbial groups; Sugarcane pith; Sulfuric acid
In both species the most common damage type (>50%) was hard rot in pith with a diameter <20 ram; this exceeded or equaled the proportion of no damage (Tables 2 and 3).
Sears at the University of Missouri that expressed pith in the culm lumen and derived from a cross between the tetraploid Tritieum turgidum L.
There are some surprises here, too, like a pith helmet and assorted pairs of chiefs' sandals, all covered in fine gold leaf.
l 125g cooked beetroot, cut into wedges; 220g carrots, cut into chunks; 2 oranges, halved, peel and pith removed l 1 mango, peeled, stoned and sliced; 1 pineapple, peeled, decored and sliced; 1 pink grapefruit, quartered, peel and pith removed l 4 kiwis, peeled; 100g green, seedless grapes; 3 apples, cored and chopped
Cruella's citrus cocktail PARE the rind from two washed oranges and one lemon leaving the pith behind.
The presenter interviewed contestants and introduced games wearing only a pith helmet.
Her cool contains the pith of nineties sensibilities that Raphael strives to capture elsewhere.