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gist
used in War and Peace

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

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
  • She paused as if she felt it indecorous to speak of her pregnancy before Pierre, though the gist of the matter lay in that.
    Book One — 1805 (21% in)
  • He declares in ze manifessto zat he cannot fiew wiz indifference ze danger vreatening Russia and zat ze safety and dignity of ze Empire as vell as ze sanctity of its alliances...." he spoke this last word with particular emphasis as if in it lay the gist of the matter.
    Book One — 1805 (56% in)
  • He remembered how carefully and at what length everything relating to form and procedure was discussed at those meetings, and how sedulously and promptly all that related to the gist of the business was evaded.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (69% in)

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