"the crux of the matter"
the basic, central or critical point of an issue, topic or problem
Related words and phrases:
Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: The production department is just not performing as well as it should.
Colleague 2: We've recently upgraded the assembly machines. We have a full compliment of staff. What seems to be the issue?
Colleague 1: Do you mind if we go right to the crux of the matter?
Colleague 2: Please do.
Colleague 1: It is the manager. He is simply too lazy and incompetent.
A school principal is having a meeting with a student's parent ...
Principal: We seem to be having a lot of difficulty with your son. He is missing classes. His grades are very low. He is disrespectful with his teachers.
Parent: What do you think is the crux of the matter?
Principal: We believe that your son is doing drugs and this is what is causing all the other problems.
Parent: That is serious.
There is no gerund form for the crux of the matter.
1) Some people get to the crux of the matter, the real problem ...
2) It's not so much rehashing but trying to get at the crux of the matter.
3) This book speaks right to the crux of the matter: how to get more satisfaction in life from less rushing around ...
4) At the crux of the matter lies a very simple explanation.
5) But the crux of the matter is that she misses Fitz.
6) ... it seems, was more interested in NASA's image than getting to the crux of the matter.
7) Which, unfortunately, goes right to the crux of the matter of the wild inconsistency of mental disorder diagnoses across the board.
8) ... open the envelope, wade through the pages of boilerplate and finally get to the crux of the matter.
9) I'm confident that I can get to the crux of the matter and eventually return to previous levels of cognitive ability.
10) Here are six questions that Intel really needs to answer that will get to the crux of the matter.
11) This is at the crux of the matter and very relevant, in my view, and so is essential ...
12) Lost in this debate is any recognition of the problem that lies at the crux of the matter: a warped financial system, both in the U.S. and globally ...
13) Nothing better than getting to the crux of the matter. For a more articulate, less emotional version of the ...
14) ... is no prescription for a good credit rating, smart rate setting falls at the crux of the matter.
15) Good as these suggestions are, they don't go to the crux of the matter.
16) There is a more fundamental question which goes to the crux of the matter.
17) However, you got right to the crux of the matter by identifying the angry, defensive energy that I put up which ...
18) ... you a clever question (no need for modesty) that gets down to the crux of the matter, ...
19) The crux of the matter for White comes down to the fact that he believes Overeem lied ...
20) We, as citizens, need to go to the crux of the matter and understand what's driving this chariot on its road to hell.