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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
But If the gist of each conversation was Mr. Dowd’s pushing Flynn and Manafort to not cooperate, then Mueller might include these in a broader obstruction prosecution.
Instead, the brain promotes generalization, helping us remember the most important gist of a conversation.
The gist of his testimony, as one of his medical directors testified the day before, was that the health-management company retained by his department to manage inmate health care has been the root of the problem.
If your eyes haven’t glazed over yet, here’s the gist: Hilton is sweetening the deal for its most loyal customers while still giving regular folks a decent chunk of points.
That’s the gist of Outer Wilds, a spacefaring game full of ancient cities, alien ruins, and also a time loop that warps you back to the start every 20 minutes.
This has produced maps with an average horizontal resolution of 5km—good for getting the gist of things, but little help to a drone trying to find its way.
That was the gist of her presentation to members of the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, on Feb. 22.
The gist: Cryptocurrencies are among innovations that could someday disrupt parts of the financial system.
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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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