the meat of the matter

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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.
See also: matter, meat, of
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At evening time - her son-in-law was returned, so she did not need to go on inspection round the farm - she won to the meat of the matter, explained low-voicedly by the lama.
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.
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 damaad.
4 [of the SEC's proposed circular], which is the meat of the matter," Herbosa said.
So let us, in the first instance, cut to the meat of the matter.
That makes the present volume read like a poor man's cholent, with the meat of the matter lost in filler.
Very few have the ability to cut to the chase and get to the meat of the matter better than Chris.
Instead of getting straight to the meat of the matter, Strachan told their reporter it was unusual not to see him standing outside Newcastle in the pouring rain.
The meat of the matter at the IFFA Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, was increased efficiency and cost savings.
If you're running a smooth, well-balanced operation with clean, well-maintained schools and money to operate, then a superintendent can really turn to the meat of the matter, which is educating children.
The limitation here is that the person receiving the feedback often concentrates on the bread and ignores the meat of the matter.
She enjoys rolling up her sleeves and getting into the meat of the matter, establishing the challenges and finding solutions.
Chapter 4 provides the meat of the matter an overview of the major findings from the studies reviewed for this synthesis.