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nerve center

a group of nerve cells closely connected with one another and acting together in the performance of some function.
a source of information, authority, action, etc.:
The communications room is the nerve center of a battleship.
Origin of nerve center
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "This is the nerve-center of the world," Hawkes said as they went in.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • If this bubble reaches a nerve-center it causes severe pain, similar to neuralgia; if it gets to the brain it causes paralysis.

    American Adventures Julian Street

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