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For example, "let's get to the meat of the problem"?

When could I use this phrase?

Does this mean "let's get to the most important part of the problem"?

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I've edited your question. We don't say let's getting, rather we would say let's get. And, you can say get into the meat, but usually people say let's get to. –  David M Feb 27 at 4:06
    
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I tried to Google the question (figured it's been answered before, I was wrong). Despite only being an hour old, it's at the top of the Google results. –  IQAndreas Feb 27 at 5:34
    
I think "the heart of" is a a more common idiom for this, but it could be a regional difference. –  Barmar Feb 27 at 8:35
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@IQAndreas I not that kind of person ask questions without google before. –  Wilbeibi Feb 27 at 16:30

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Yes, "the meat of it" means the most important part of the problem just as it means the most important part of the meal.

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If you're eating a sandwich, you might even consider throwing away the bread (at least nowadays, given concerns over "carbs.")

That's so that you can get "to the meat" of it, i.e., the good part.

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