burning question


An urgent or crucial issue under heated discussion. For example, Real estate taxes are always a burning question for the town leaders. This term has exact equivalents in French (question brûlante) and German (brennende Frage). [Mid-1800s]

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How to use burning question in a sentence

  • A sort of audible murmur of relief ran through the company at this burning question having been answered at last.

    The Arbiter | Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • The burning question with my father and mother was how to get the money out from Ohio to Indiana.

  • Our last quotation, however, brings us to the burning question of Miss Corelli's attitude towards the sexual problem.

    Modernities | Horace Barnett Samuel
  • Much valuable information concerning a burning question of the day.

    The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection | Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle
  • The burning question of equality of religious taxation was not taken up by this Legislature.