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crux of the matter
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heart of the matter
At the heart of the matter of masculine excess is a great longing for the love and approval of a...
(...) important to understand but never really go to the heart of the matter: I believe I will say...
(...) crunchy and dull, like carrots. They go straight to the heart of the matter while fat people...