main thing

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Don't flatter yourself, sir--but then, the main thing is, to have you with us.
Little by little he gathered that the main thing the men wanted was to put a stop to the habit of "speeding-up"; they were trying their best to force a lessening of the pace, for there were some, they said, who could not keep up with it, whom it was killing.
Anyway it loosened up Rowena from where she was stuck and got her out of the way, and that was the main thing.
And the main thing is," he continued, "that I know, and know for certain, that the enjoyment of doing this good is the only sure happiness in life.
It is, of course, one of the main things to be desired in most narrative; though sometimes the effect sought may be something different, as, for instance, in romance and poetry, an atmosphere of dreamy beauty.
I'll speak to her about it, and she will make it all right with Dolly, for cooking is one of the main things, you know.
The main thing for me is Aston Villa is a Premier League club.
I try to focus on that and the main thing is getting the three points.
The report of the Ombudsman of Kyrgyzstan lacks the main thing - the conclusions on issues of concern and specific recommendations to responsible ministries for dealing with them, said parliamentarian from SDPK faction Galina Skripkina at a meeting of the Parliament on May 10.
It was great to get a goal straight away on my comeback though, we needed the points and that's the main thing.
com: "The main thing was to win and it was another good one.