Mrs. Kennedy, interpreting the gist of the exchange, signaled to White that Camelot must be kept in the text.
One niece of a victim wrote her a letter, the gist of which was, “Lois Robison, shut up,” she said.
But, in short, the gist of this argument is: Afghanistan's a loser.
1711, "the real point" (of a law case, etc.), from Anglo-French legalese phrases, e.g. cest action gist "this action lies," meaning "this case is sustainable by law," from Old French gist en "it consists in, it lies in" (third person singular present indicative of gésir "to lie"), from Latin iacet "it lies," from iacere "to lie, rest," related to iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Extended sense of "essence" first recorded 1823.