One niece of a victim wrote her a letter, the gist of which was, “Lois Robison, shut up,” she said.
Mrs. Kennedy, interpreting the gist of the exchange, signaled to White that Camelot must be kept in the text.
But, in short, the gist of this argument is: Afghanistan's a loser.
"I wonder what the lie will be this time," was the gist of my thoughts.
Then he determined to ask his opinion, and related the gist of Mrs. Beecot's letter.
The gist of that information was that the owner of the house was a lame gentleman who sometimes went out in a bath chair.
The gist of a matter is the point in which its importance really "lies."
At gist's plantation, about thirteen miles off, he met Gage and his scanty force escorting Braddock and his wounded officers.
The gist of it is much the same as the remark to Atticus already quoted.
It has been rather a long story to tell, and full of platitudes, but the gist of it is by this time clear.
1711, "the real point" (of a law case, etc.), from Anglo-French legalese phrases, e.g. cest action gist "this action lies," meaning "this case is sustainable by law," from Old French gist en "it consists in, it lies in" (third person singular present indicative of gésir "to lie"), from Latin iacet "it lies," from iacere "to lie, rest," related to iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Extended sense of "essence" first recorded 1823.