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Chris -- 2018-04-11
The database already has ‘crutch of the matter.’ This one is a little farther away form the original in sound, but closer in sense. 4,000+ ghits:
This is the crunch of the matter: there is no good reason to regard the active/passive binary structure as to do with men and women respectively, ...
“I’m a bit of a traditionalist and I really wanted to marry Jennifer but the absolute crunch of the matter was to provide security for her and any children …
Right lets get to the crunch of the matter and what is powering this little devil in disguise.
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And this is the crunch of the matter: what can we do when things don’t work as we want them to?
The crunch of the matter is this question: is it possible to truly believe in two diametrically opposed gospels at the same time?
“Listen, the crunch of the matter was that they (the other three) trusted Malcolm and his every move and I didn’t.
“The crunch of the matter is some parents come on to school premises very angry or upset.
Good one, klakritz! Maybe they’re thinking of crunch in the sense of “crunching numbers”. Just a thought. I especially enjoy the example you provided about the gospels. The user had the best possible contextual nudge, yet still chose crunch- too funny!
I encountered this one just a few minutes ago:
The humor mostly derived from the witty dialogue and banter between the four unique characters and yes the special effects and set pieces were great but those were the cherry on cake not the crutch of the movie like this one appears to be.
“Crutch” for “crux” makes a lot of sense in this particular context.