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nerve center

a group of nerve cells closely connected with one another and acting together in the performance of some function.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The palace of Lantis, nerve center of empire, was on the west shore.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • "As you may or may not know, my specific assignment is to locate the nerve center of rebellious activity," said Maya.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • "I have a reliable tip that their nerve center is the Childress Barber College here," she said.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • A segment is placed in a lathe—with the nerve center resting on the lathe point.

  • Its imposing marble palace on the Rue Royale is the nerve center of a corporate life that has no geographical lines.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • Yes, true enough, thinking is a function of the brain and nerve center, just as writing is a function of the hand.

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