Vexed question


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VEXED QUESTION, vexata quaestio. A question or point of law often discussed or agitated, but not determined nor settled.

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We were relieved at this, but on the whole, our adventure had not done much towards clearing up the vexed question of Peg's witchcraft.
The American will know how to appreciate the importance of this opinion, in relation to the house in question, when he is told that it was written by one of those inspired moralists, and profound constitutional lawyers, and ingenious political economists, who daily teach their fellow creatures how to give practical illustrations of the mandates of the Bible, how to discriminate in vexed questions arising from the national compact, and how to manage their private affairs in such a way as to escape the quicksands that have wrecked their own.
Tensions have been further stoked by Brexit and the vexed question of the Irish Backstop.
I'm going to leave the vexed question of Brexit for another week...
Focusing chiefly on East and South Asia, Professor Phan gives special attention to the project of inculturation of Christianity into local cultures and the vexed question of Christian identity: Are Asian Christians primarily Asian and secondarily Christian or vice versa?
The vexed question of whether Jonny Bairstow or Jos Buttler keeps wicket is also "to be confirmed", with the Yorkshireman as keen as ever to defy any pain from the finger he broke two Tests ago and get back behind the stumps.
The vexed question of whether Jonny Bairstow or Jos Buttler keeps wicket is also 'to be confirmed', with the Yorkshireman as keen as ever to defy any pain from the finger he broke two Tests ago in Nottingham and get back behind, as well as in front of, the stumps.
In "Rafts and Other Rivercraft in Huckleberry Finn" Professor Beidler gives what will almost certainly be the last word on the vexed question of whether the lengthy "raft episode" (which was removed at the publisher's suggestion from the novel when originally published), should be restored to its original place.
And yet there is a lot of really thoughtful material here on the vexed question of productivity - something that should be on the top of every business leader's agenda just now.
The vexed question of another runway/airport for London has been in the air for decades, and the Hinkley Point nuclear power station was first proposed in the early 1990s!
New top level artificial pitches have been laid at United's Benton training ground, other physical changes have been made all to the benefit of players, the academy system have been reviewed, and now the vexed question of United's injury list which grew to M1 proportions last season has been addressed with the confirmation that Cristian Fernandez Martinez and Daniel Marti have been co-opted on to the club's medical team under the management of Dr Paul Catterson, United's head of sports medicine and science.
Sturgeon says that the Scottish people will decide when there's a majority demand for another go at the vexed question on the country's future.