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 the message DiVincenzo delivered in front of his locker after a mid-court altercation with Indiana’s starting center in the Knicks’ 30-point shellacking of the Pacers in Game 5 on Tuesday. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 15 May 2024 This may explain why the publication of Mann's sequel has made much less of a splash than did 1491; the gist of the argument and much of the evidence are so familiar. Jeremy Adelman, Foreign Affairs, 1 May 2012 Yet the gist of Joel’s 135-minute concert connected to the feeling of performances given in bars everywhere by pianists who always take the same requests and still manage to smile: comfort, reminiscence and sing-a-long melodies that slosh around in your head. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2024 The mechanism is complicated, but here’s the gist: A lot of things that salamanders eat, including springtails and beetle larvae, chew up leaves on the forest floor. Benji Jones, Vox, 18 June 2024 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

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“The gist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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