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the gist

noun [S] uk   /dʒɪst/ us  
the most important pieces of information about something, or general information without details: That was the gist of what he said. I think I got (= understood) the gist of what she was saying.Information and messages
(Definition of the gist from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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