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sum and substance

main idea, gist, or point:
the sum and substance of an argument.
Origin of sum and substance
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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sum and substance

, Of which if you should here disfurnish me, You take the sum and substance that I have.”
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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