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 ]
Contemporary Examples

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Gloria Cain: Sex Accusations Make No Sense in ‘Old School’ Marriage Michelle Cottle November 14, 2011
Don’t Bet Against Apple Zachary Karabell August 24, 2011
From Dry to High: Your Guide to State Pot Laws Brandy Zadrozny January 28, 2014

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