the thing of it

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the thing of it

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) The important point to consider.
    • 1855, Azel Stevens Roe, A long look ahead; or, The first stroke and the last
      But the thing of it is, when to begin
    • 1997, Youth and Violence.: Developing Local & State Solutions
      But the thing of it is, everybody was rooting for the other individual and I was the only one rooting for him.

Usage notes[edit]

In casual speech, and occasionally in casual writing, the verb be following this phrase is doubled, as "The thing of it is, is ..." or "The thing of it was, was ..."