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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
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.
The gist of the defense argument and the rulings by both Strickland and the 2nd District Appellate Court is that the elected state's attorney of a county or jurisdiction must personally have ordered the use of wiretaps in an investigation.
Genius has recapped the controversy thoroughly here but the gist of it is this: Prince poked fun at some of Timberlake’s lyrics, Timberlake responded on a song and Timberlake later mocked Prince’s height during an award show.
The gist of the film is this small town, a mining town, comes together to support its football team.
The official, confirming the gist of a report from Axios.com, said the option was being debated at a low level in the administration and was six to eight months away from being considered by the president himself.
Dobbs may be confused about the organizational details (U.S. marshals work for the Department of Justice) but the gist of his sentiment is chillingly clear.
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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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