central idea

See: main point
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I've never been able to get the right central idea for it.
while divorce would solve the difficulty completely." With some effort Stepan Arkadyevitch brought out his central idea, and looked significantly at her.
Their central idea, their grand aim, is to subjugate you, keep you down, make you feel insignificant and humble in the blaze of their cosmopolitan glory!
Plainly, the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy.
The central idea had come to him the night before, and he was now reveling in the planning of the remoter, minor details.
His central idea, from the first, was not the mere leasing of telephones, but rather the creation of a Federal company that would be a permanent partner in the entire telephone business.
I remember Gary DeLoatch, a dancer who lived in my building, discussing the challenges of the rehearsals, mainly the versatility required to demonstrate the central idea of the program, which was cultural assimilation and transformation.
Each chapter begins with a capsule that presents a central idea, theme, or question.
"All the groups have considered the importance of developing a strong central idea, which makes us very confident about the way the films will turn out."
Two Fast Company staff writers seek to reassess "one of the most influential business books of our time." Their conclusion: While the companies that Jim Collins hailed in Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business, 1994) "were indeed built to last, they haven't all been built to emulate." The article examines the fates of Collins' visionary companies and, in the process, offers advice on how to derive benefit from a business book ("Take a big grain of salt, distill the central idea, and create your own Toolbox").
Austen was among others of her century's novelists who made marriage the central idea of their work.
The central idea of the clumsily contrived script by Martin Sherman (Bent) and Zeffirelli is that pill-popping, self-pitying recluse Callas gets coaxed by her gay long-time manager-booking agent (Jeremy Irons, chain-smoking, ponytailed, and livelier than usual) into making a film of Carmen in which she will lipsynch to recordings made during her vocal prime.

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