Word of the Day: Gist

gist / jĭst
1. the main idea or point; the essential part
Though a seeker since my birth,
Here is all I’ve learned on earth,
This the gist of what I know:
Give advice and buy a foe. 
From “A Garland of Precepts” by Phyllis McGinley, 1905 – 1978
2. in law, the basis for a legal action
In the case at hand the gist of the action is the breach of the written contracts in the failure to pay the several obligations of plaintiffs as provided in the written documents. 
“Eisenhauer v. Meiser”, ‘Pennsylvania County Court Reports Containing Cases Decided in the Courts of the Several Counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vol. XLVI’