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gist
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
  • Here's the gist of the matter in two words: you are to rise on tiptoe, as I tell you; in that way you will be able to reach the pocket of the manikin, you will rummage it, you will pull out the purse that is there,—and if you do all this without our hearing the sound of a bell, all is well: you shall be a vagabond.
    1.2.6 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 6 — The Broken Jug (75% in)

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