the million-dollar question

the million-dollar question

A question that is very important and/or difficult to answer. Sometimes used ironically. The million-dollar question now is whether he should choose his former opponent as a running mate. A: "Do you want to get Italian or Chinese tonight?" B: "Well, that's the million-dollar question, isn't it?"
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Then, the million-dollar question must be answered: What is Hezbollah's response?
Like a man proposing to his significant other, the talk show host kept prying and finally asked the million-dollar question.
MULTAN -- The million-dollar question is that would the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf be able to get the third wicket in the next 24 hours or not as the Multan election tribunal is going to announce verdict regarding NA-154 rigging today (Wednesday).
Thus, let us keep the Common Market, but ditch the EU as soon as possible, although the million-dollar question has to be, "Does David Cameron think along the same lines, and if not, why are we not having a referendum any time now - perhaps Baldrick, he of the clever plan, has the answer?
The million-dollar question is: Whether or not he is capable of leading a popular political party?
The million-dollar question, though, is where they are going to have the big Christmas meal, considering the current condition of the Duchess.
When asked how the husband could not have known his wife had given birth to seven children, Mr Roberts replied, "That's the million-dollar question.
But whether he will is the million-dollar question.
The million-dollar question is: how long we would allow such history to repeat itself?
Asked if he will select himself against a side 84 league positions above his, Clarke said: "That's the million-dollar question.
Dozens of things go wrong at the same time when cells are overwhelmed by excess fat storage, and the million-dollar question is: Which of these factors cause the breakdown of cellular balance?
IT'S THE MILLION-DOLLAR question of international relations scholarship: Why are some states stronger than others?
The million-dollar question is whether he will stay but there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree.
But it was the unknown future missions--in this particular case, countering the IED threat--that was really the million-dollar question, which we were not able to answer back in post-Desert Storm," he points out.
The million-dollar question raised Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors' meeting was: Where did nearly 12 million gallons of raw sewage go?