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Just tell me the gist of the matter.
  the main point(s) of a more detailed matter


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  • Just tell me the gist of the matter.
  • It’s a 300 page report, but the gist of it is that the plan won’t work.
  • the gist of the prosecutor’s argument
  • That is the gist of the question.
    London, Jack  --  The Night-Born

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  • 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
  • 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
  • We don’t have time to go through it all, but I’ll tell you the gist of it.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Of course it was all in Spanish, I had to get it secondhand, but that was the general gist.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • She didn’t say exactly those words, but I got the gist of it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • 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

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  • The basic gist was this: ...
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • ...she caught the gist of what went on.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • They tried to keep the tale of Askew’s den from Grandpa, but he got the gist of it.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • From the gist of his introductory remarks, however, Mr. O’Hanlon made plain to her who he was—he was an ordinary, God-fearing man just like any ordinary man, who had quit his job to devote his full time to the preservation of segregation.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The details are different, of course, as are the players, but the gist is the same.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • But yeah, that’s about the gist of it.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • We don’t have everyone on Demoxie yet, but you get the gist.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I got the gist.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Alas, we were not yet sufficiently en rapport, and this time I did not even get the gist of what he was saying.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Like all the lessons at the Institute, this one was a barrage of details — pages and pages worth — but the gist was that sickness, like a hungry predator, lurked in every nook and cranny.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Dorian’s Eyllwe was just competent enough that he understood the gist of it to be: "His Highness certainly knows how to keep women entertained."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Her eyes glazed over when Willow spoke about new drug-resistant bacteria, but she got the gist of the whole thing.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • A little grease for the wheel keeps the car running, if you get my gist.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • But that was the gist," he added impatiently.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Cristian got the gist: "You got on the really wrong bus, kid."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Articulation was not a personal forte, and I often had to backtrack, slow down, or repeat something again and again before they caught the gist of what I said.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I didn’t need to read more than the first two or three lines to get the basic gist: the president was too big of a coward to come out of hiding after a failed assassination attempt, so he sent his freak baby to do the dirty work for him.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Wasn’t that the gist of what that man on the plane had said?
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The gist—once I got on my knees and fit the pieces together—was this: she’d loved seeing me, our time in the city had meant a lot to her, who in the world could have picked such a beautiful necklace for her? it was perfect, more than perfect, only she couldn’t accept it, it was much too much, she was sorry, and — maybe she was speaking out of turn, and if so she hoped I forgave her, but I shouldn’t think she didn’t love me back, because she did, she did.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A little modern, but the gist of the idea comes across.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • She paused as if she felt it indecorous to speak of her pregnancy before Pierre, though the gist of the matter lay in that.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I owned a book in which there was a photograph of the Devils Thumb, a black-andwhite image taken by an eminent glaciolo-gist named Maynard Miller.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He got the gist, however.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Langdon had hung enough NE PAS DERANGER signs on hotel room doors to catch the gist of the captain’s orders.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Much of what he was saying went right over my head, but I thought I caught its gist.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • That was the gist of his first long conversation that day with Vanger.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "That seems to be the gist of it," I said, rereading the letter.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • "I’m a hematolo-gist, not a detective."
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Here’s the gist of it, Bella.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • "It’s a redaction, but you get the gist."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Right then, everyone, listen closely — Dean Thomas, if you do that to the mouse again I shall put you in detention — most of you have now successfully Vanished your snails and even those who were left with a certain amount of shell have got the gist of the spell.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • But here lies the gist of the matter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Intermittently she caught the gist of his sentences and supplied the rest from her subconscious, as one picks up the striking of a clock in the middle with only the rhythm of the first uncounted strokes lingering in the mind.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • That is the gist of my article.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Some of my more political colleagues may tell you yes, that every work is either part of the socialproblem or part of the solution (they’ll give it to you with rather more subtlety than that, but that’s the gist).
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The gist of this strange communication gave Lily a distinct thrill of pleasure.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The gist seemed to be that she didn’t believe he loved New York, and she wasn’t sure if this would really help him.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • "Some people are beginning to say you are a prima donna," was the gist of it.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • But his general gist seemed to be close to his lordship’s, concluding with a call for a freezing of German reparation payments and the withdrawal of French troops from the Ruhr region.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • She did not use exactly these words, but that was the gist of it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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