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Examples of gist in a Sentence
- Thus, Poulterers' Case gave rise to a doctrine which survives to this day: the gist of conspiracy is the agreement, and so the agreement is punishable even if its purpose was not achieved. —Wayne R. LaFave & Austin W. Scott, Jr., Criminal Law, (1972) 1986
- … Einstein showed how time intervals depend on the motion of people and clocks doing the measuring. And that's the gist of relativity. —Alan Lightman, Science, January/February 1984
- Dorothea told him that she had seen Lydgate, and recited the gist of her conversation with him about the Hospital. —George Eliot, Middlemarch, 1872
didn't catch every word between them, but heard enough to get the gist of the conversation
Recent Examples of gist from the Web
For many historic sites, a day trip is more than enough to get the gist.
The gist of both is to partner with academic and patient groups to safely collect lifestyle and health data on large groups of individuals over long periods of time.
The gist from those who disliked the roast is that Wolf was simply too mean.
But the gist of the 43-foot-wide, 64-foot-tall mural, which takes up 1,118 square feet, was there, giving everyone an idea of how Aurora is growing as a home for the arts — not just the performing arts, but the visual arts as well.
Or at least, that seems to be the gist of Assembly Required, which Rock Paper Shotgun pulled a trailer for this week.
But the gist of it is anything that's connected to the Internet could be attacked through the Internet.
The gist is that the state has a monopoly on force.
There is much more in the reports, but that is the gist.
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Did You Know?
The gist of the conversation was that .... The word gist often appears in such contexts to let us know that what follows will be a statement or summary that in some way encapsulates the main point or overarching theme. The gist of a conversation, argument, story, or what-have-you is what we rely on when the actual words and details are only imperfectly recalled, inessential, or too voluminous to recount in their entirety. Gist was borrowed from the Anglo-French legal phrase "[cest] action gist" ("[this] action lies") in the early 18th century, and was originally used in legal contexts as a term referring to the foundation or grounds for a legal action without which that action would not be legally sustainable.
sum and substance, the long and short (or the long and the short);
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