the heart of the matter


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the heart 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 heart of the matter regarding this company's shady financial dealings.
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*the heart of the matter

the central issue of the matter. (Crux is an old word meaning "cross." *Typically: be at ~; get at ~; go to ~; look at ~.) All right, this is the crux of the matter. It's about time that we got to the heart of the matter.
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the ˈheart of the matter

the most central and important part of a situation, problem, etc: And now we come to the heart of the matter. Who is going to pay for all this?
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References in classic literature ?
But the heart of the matter is the business of my chief, Ardshiel.
These were all factors which had to be taken into consideration, and yet none of them got quite to the heart of the matter.
We are sure to come at the heart of the matter by your means, little woman.
8220;We can get past the anxiety and panic and touch the heart of the matter.
The heart of the matter is utterly straightforward: Jews have no more urgent interest than the energetic pursuit of their values.
June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One year following the release of its seminal report and film The Heart of the Matter, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences today rolls out three new research tools to help better integrate information on the humanities into the national conversation.
HOSPITAL specialists are getting to the heart of the matter after a new cardiac pathway team has been set up for patients with chest pains or an acute heart problem.
The Journal Culture Awards 2012 will get to the heart of the matter when they're held in The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham on April 22.
30pm following a talk by Graham Meredith entitled Drawing - The Heart Of The Matter.
At the heart of the matter is the French reluctance to face up to the facts that their banks are in serious financial difficulty.
VERDICT: Hart gets to the heart of the matter of Hollywood hackery (Random House, pounds 19.
VALERIE HILL comes to the heart of the matter yet again (Daily Post, April 10) in highlighting the Tsar for the Elderly's apparent indifference to the very people she was elected to help.
For Holland's Pies, suppliers to both Old Trafford and Anfield, fans' rivalry was so intense that Neil Court-Johnston, Holland's MD, formed a Pie Panel to get to the heart of the matter.
The whole utilities industry needs to be examined to ensure there is fair competition, but at the heart of the matter, can we be sure that the privatisation of the electricity and gas industries was beneficial to customers?
He wrote: "Just because there will be no criminal charges, doesn't necessarily mean that those at the heart of the matter have done nothing wrong.