Gists meaning

1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIX.

He was handing her something in an envelope, and she was saying “Oh, Jeeves, you've saved a human life,” and he was saying “Not at all, miss.” The gist, of course, escaped me, but I had no leisure to probe into gists.

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(rare) Plural form of gist.
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