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nerve center

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noun
  1. a group of nerve cells closely connected with one another and acting together in the performance of some function.
  2. a source of information, authority, action, etc.: The communications room is the nerve center of a battleship.

Origin of nerve center

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for nerve center

Historical Examples

  • "This is the nerve-center of the world," Hawkes said as they went in.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • If this bubble reaches a nerve-center it causes severe pain, similar to neuralgia; if it gets to the brain it causes paralysis.

    American Adventures

    Julian Street