the nub


: the main part or point of something
the nub of the story/problem/matter/argument

Examples of the nub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Homework, though, is not the nub of Brooks’s enterprise. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 Next, pull the nub off the top of the avocado to reveal the color of the flesh inside. Daniel Holzman and Matt Rodbard, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 And the nub of the questions always cuts to the heart of what the issue was. CBS News, 14 Dec. 2022 Ta-Nehisi Coates, for putting his finger on the nub of the American ailment. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2022 The woman’s thin hand cupped the nub of an expended candle. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Weinstein says the nub of Trump's approach was a demand for reciprocity from allies, and that struck a chord with American voters that the Biden administration cannot afford to ignore. USA Today, 25 Feb. 2021 Over the years, the series became a melancholy exploration of advantage and disadvantage, of the nub of personality and the casing of class identity, and the arrow of chance. Alissa Quart, The New Republic, 12 Jan. 2021 This is really the nub of the big debate over climate change, not whether the science is established, but what are the detectable impacts. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2010 See More

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“The nub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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