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sixty-four-dollar question

or $64 ques·tion

[ siks-tee-fawr-dol-er kwes-chuhn, -fohr- ]
/ ˈsɪks tiˌfɔrˈdɒl ər ˈkwɛs tʃən, -ˌfoʊr- /
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noun

the critical or basic question or problem: Whether the measure will get through Congress this session or not is the sixty-four-dollar question.

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THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

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
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