the crux of the matter

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.
See also: crux, matter, of
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There is no doubt about water scarcity in Sindh but we inquire about the intentions of authorities to pursue the issue at this time, as to whether they seek to appease constituencies or to resolve the crux of the matter.
The crux of the matter is that the Court has failed to protect the Constitution and the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Summary: Guwahati (Assam) [India], Dec 27 (ANI): With China saying that it will maintain communication with India to deal with massive lakes formed by landslides on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet following an earthquake, Assam Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday urged the Center to get to the crux of the matter.
Such centralised systems do not address the crux of the matter that has bedevilled our Lands ministry since independence: lack of trust, transparency and accountability.
The crux of the matter, for an individual home owner, is the short guarantee period offered by suppliers and installers.
Whether they could be that sure is the crux of the matter, and although Irish Rookie was beaten only a neck after being squeezed against the rail 100 yards out, when coming with what looked a strong challenge up the inner, Tate believes he has a strong case.
So to the crux of the matter - the school, in Oxford, is pairing 12 teenagers with 12 pensioners for one term to see if this can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
But the crux of the matter is that there are simply too many vehicles in the city centre.
The crux of the matter, as the early experimenters discovered, was volume of production.
They both reinforce each other and herein lies the crux of the matter.
And here lies the crux of the matter, for I do not share the typical English fault of sentimentality towards animals.
Allen said that he agree "with the view of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi the Iraqi army will move when it is ready for it, and this is the crux of the matter.
Rapporteur of the Energy Committee Nafti Mahdhi told TAP "the remaining amendments are superficial," saying the crux of the matter rests in Article 32 which stipulates the creation of a technical committee in charge of renewable energy to ensure transparency and avoid cases of corruption.
The crux of the matter is that the writer is revelling in the past.
Some have focused on specific people and things -- a religious figure or a television station -- but the crux of the matter is Qatar's determination to act on a world stage in a manner that is wildly out of line with its demographic clout.