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sixty-four-dollar question

or $64 question

[siks-tee-fawr-dol-er kwes-chuh n, -fohr-] /ˈsɪks tiˌfɔrˈdɒl ər ˈkwɛs tʃən, -ˌfoʊr-/
the critical or basic question or problem:
Whether the measure will get through Congress this session or not is the sixty-four-dollar question.
Origin of sixty-four-dollar question
from the fact that 64 dollars was the largest prize on a popular radio quiz show in the 1940s Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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