Definition of sixty–four–dollar question
: a crucial question expressing the basic issue on a problematical subject
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Origin and Etymology of sixty–four–dollar question
so called from the fact that $64 was the highest award in the CBS radio quiz show “Take Italian or Leave It” (1941–48)
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