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 for Upon the matter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Matter \Mat"ter\, n. [OE. matere, F. mati[`e]re, fr. L. materia;
     perh. akin to L. mater mother. Cf. Mother, Madeira,
     1. That of which anything is composed; constituent substance;
        material; the material or substantial part of anything;
        the constituent elements of conception; that into which a
        notion may be analyzed; the essence; the pith; the
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              He is the matter of virtue.           --B. Jonson.
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     2. That of which the sensible universe and all existent
        bodies are composed; anything which has extension,
        occupies space, or is perceptible by the senses; body;
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     Note: Matter is usually divided by philosophical writers into
           three kinds or classes: solid, liquid, and gaseous.
           Solid substances are those whose parts firmly cohere
           and resist impression, as wood or stone. Liquids have
           free motion among their parts, and easily yield to
           impression, as water and wine. Gaseous substances are
           elastic fluids, called vapors and gases, as air and
           oxygen gas.
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     3. That with regard to, or about which, anything takes place
        or is done; the thing aimed at, treated of, or treated;
        subject of action, discussion, consideration, feeling,
        complaint, legal action, or the like; theme. "If the
        matter should be tried by duel." --Bacon.
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              Son of God, Savior of men! Thy name
              Shall be the copious matter of my song. --Milton.
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              Every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but
              every small matter they shall judge.  --Ex. xviii.
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     4. That which one has to treat, or with which one has to do;
        concern; affair; business.
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              To help the matter, the alchemists call in many
              vanities out of astrology.            --Bacon.
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              Some young female seems to have carried matters so
              far, that she is ripe for asking advice.
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     5. Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence;
        importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the
        phrases what matter? no matter, and the like.
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              A prophet some, and some a poet, cry;
              No matter which, so neither of them lie. --Dryden.
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     6. Inducing cause or occasion, especially of anything
        disagreeable or distressing; difficulty; trouble.
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              And this is the matter why interpreters upon that
              passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true
              story, that the prophet took a harlot to wife.
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     7. Amount; quantity; portion; space; -- often indefinite.
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              Away he goes, . . . a matter of seven miles. --L'
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              I have thoughts to tarry a small matter. --Congreve.
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              No small matter of British forces were commanded
              over sea the year before.             --Milton.
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     8. Substance excreted from living animal bodies; that which
        is thrown out or discharged in a tumor, boil, or abscess;
        pus; purulent substance.
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     9. (Metaph.) That which is permanent, or is supposed to be
        given, and in or upon which changes are effected by
        psychological or physical processes and relations; --
        opposed to form. --Mansel.
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     10. (Print.) Written manuscript, or anything to be set in
         type; copy; also, type set up and ready to be used, or
         which has been used, in printing.
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     Dead matter (Print.), type which has been used, or which is
        not to be used, in printing, and is ready for
     Live matter (Print.), type set up, but not yet printed
     Matter in bar, Matter of fact. See under Bar, and
     Matter of record, anything recorded.
     Upon the matter, or Upon the whole matter, considering
        the whole; taking all things into view; all things
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              Waller, with Sir William Balfour, exceeded in horse,
              but were, upon the whole matter, equal in foot.
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