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Definition the main point(s) of a more detailed matter

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law:  the grounds for a legal action
  • Just tell me the gist of the matter.
gist = main point(s)
  • It's a 300 page report, but the gist of it is that the plan won't work.
  • gist = main point
  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • That is the gist of the question.
    London, Jack  --  The Night-Born
  • That has been the gist of the parables which I have tried to adapt to the comprehension of my parishioners.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  The Country Doctor
  • I have hunted up the guide-books, and the gist of what they say is this: "They are there, but how they got there is a mystery."
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • The gist of his reply was: "I have to study too, you know, and if I can't do that in the afternoons, I won't be able to fit it in at all."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • gist = main point
  • Of course it was all in Spanish, I had to get it secondhand, but that was the general gist.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
  • We don't have time to go through it all, but I'll tell you the gist of it.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
  • ...she caught the gist of what went on.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
  • They tried to keep the tale of Askew's den from Grandpa, but he got the gist of it.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
  • But the gist of the story, as they knew it in the end, was as follows.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
  • She didn't say exactly those words, but I got the gist of it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • gist = the main point(s)
  • The basic gist was this: ...
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
  • Quite suddenly Mary got the gist of what she was saying.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • She did not use exactly these words, but that was the gist of it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Here's the gist of it, Bella.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I knew that she would perhaps be muddled and not take it all in exactly, but I knew, too, that she would grasp the gist of it, very well indeed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • A little grease for the wheel keeps the car running, if you get my gist.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The gist of his argument is this: that we have been completely disinterested.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral

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