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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
When the conversation began, Illig asked only that the focus be more on representing the gist of his words than finding the most quotable parts.
The gist of the column was essentially that Dwight Howard was about to become the biggest superstar in the NBA.
That's the gist of Valente's comic novel, with the fate of humanity on the line.
Here's the basic gist: UVB rays are the rays that burn your skin and lead to skin cancer, while UVA rays are the rays that contribute to aging, leathery-looking skin and wrinkles.
The aforementioned story is all but secondary to the general tone, but the gist of it involves mercenary Wade Wilson, a.k.a.
Smith was accused of being criminally responsible for the acts that led to Washington's death, the gist of Alabama's accomplice law.
The Versace family issued a second statement repeating the gist of the first statement.
After the ranking was published in November, The Erie Times-News took issue with some of the survey’s numbers, but not 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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