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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He also bragged about earning a PhD, a point Smerconish did not question.
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her post-crown fame, though, only further begs the question: Why has there not been another Jewish Miss America since 1945?Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We were barely into the appetizer when he asked a fairly basic question—where did my family live?
The woman in question, meanwhile, has business of her own to take care of—she is reported to be shopping a memoir.
There was no doubt thought of his own loss in this question: yet there was, one may hope, a germ of solicitude for the mother too.Children's Ways|James Sully
In fact, except for Ramona's help, it would have been a question whether even Alessandro could have made Baba work in harness.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
It's an idle question, I know; wise men and musty philosophers say that regrets are foolish.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Accordingly, the question "How far does the note issue under the new system seem likely to prove an elastic one?"Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
The moment was an awkward one, and Cynthia wished madly that she had not been prompted to ask that unfortunate question.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman