to the point


1

Relevant, concerning the matter at hand, as in Her remarks were brief and to the point, or He rambled on and on, never speaking to the point. [Early 1800s] For an antonym, see beside the point.

2

Concerning the important or essential issue, as in More to the point, she hasn't any money. This usage is often put as come or get to the point, meaning “address the important issue.” For example, Please come to the point; we haven't much time, or Do you suppose he'll ever get to the point of all this? [Late 1300s]

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