the gist


: the general or basic meaning of something said or written : the main points
usually + of
The gist of her argument was that the law was unfair.
I didn't read the whole article, but I got the gist of it.

Examples of the gist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That was the gist of headlines two years ago, when Swift’s Eras Tour resulted in a ticket-sales fiasco of epic proportions. Christie D’zurilla, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2024 That’s the gist of this mini chain with 11 locations, from the original one in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, to outposts in South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Carolanne Griffith Roberts, Southern Living, 22 May 2024 So the gist of this story so far is that Ohtani’s close friend betrayed him. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Perhaps then there will be more enlightenment, but that’s the gist of where things stand with the Hornets’ big man. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 8 Mar. 2024 Though state strategies vary greatly, the gist is this: Under federal tax rules, the SALT ceiling applies to individual taxpayers, but not businesses structured as pass-through entities — say, a construction company, or a small law firm — according to tax professionals. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2024 That’s the gist of the business lobby’s lawsuit over the California laws. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 While the gist of the reports was typical of past years, the court's report included 20 pages of charts, graphs and illustrations apparently designed to convey its message of being tough on crime with greater clarity. Elaine Kurtenbach, Quartz, 8 Mar. 2024 For background, here is the gist of the football changes: The new model starts with seven base divisions determined by enrollment. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024

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“The gist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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