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  • the crux of the matter
  • The crux of her argument is...
  • I see the crux as whether you trust people to make those kinds of decisions for themselves.
  • But his papers were my great crux.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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  • Because that’s the crux of it, isn’t it, Ben?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Mr. Powell wanted me to work on the bills and the feet, since they were at crux points in the composition, he said.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • "But here is the very crux of the matter, don’t you see?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We thought we were running away from the grown-ups, and now we are the grown-ups: this is the crux of it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • This was the crux of the biscuit, as my father would have said.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It was stunning to Mariam how quickly alleviating hunger became the crux of their existence.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • Your story is emotionally dead, that’s the crux of it.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • And there you have the crux of the situation.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The symbol was known as a crux gemmata—a cross bearing thirteen gems—a Christian ideogram for Christ and His twelve apostles.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • That is the crux of the matter?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The essential plot element, the crux upon which the outcome depended, was time.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • That’s the reality of getting old, and I guess that’s really the crux of the matter.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • I mean, are we sure it’s still a Hor-crux?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Martin, the eleventh general of the Carthusians, gave to his order this device: Stat crux dum volvitur orbis.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The crux of the matter is whether total war in its present form is justifiable, even when it serves a just purpose.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • It’s no time to be half watching, turning around, or checking the stove—because when the book thief stole her second book, not only were there many factors involved in her hunger to do so, but the act of stealing it triggered the crux of what was to come.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Here’s the crux, Jacob.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • That’s the crux of the matter.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But firstly, no, Harry, not seven Hor-cruxes: six.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • But, he thought, assume for a moment that "having," however it is defined, might be the crux of the problem.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • We may be getting to the crux of Hume’s philosophy.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Was this the crux of Denise’s error?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The crux of the curious difficulty lies in the fact that our conscious views of what life ought to be seldom correspond to what life really is.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Our time: that’s the crux of the matter.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • He would often say it when he felt Kathy was focusing on irrelevant details while ignoring the crux of a problem.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • This bit of the path was always the crux of the night’s ramble, though, before starting, her apprehensions of danger were not vivid enough to lead her to take a companion.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • That was the crux of the problem.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • That’s the crux of it, isn’t it?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The crux of the fight was that the non-party members resented the excessive demands made upon the club by the local party authorities through the fraction.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • It’s the crux of my case.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The crux was it was a bit risky to bring him home as eventualities might possibly ensue (somebody having a temper of her own sometimes) and spoil the hash altogether as on the night he misguidedly brought home a dog (breed unknown) with a lame paw (not that the cases were either identical or the reverse though he had hurt his hand too) to Ontario Terrace as he very distinctly remembered, having been there, so to speak.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Go for it!"After Mortenson showed the requisite images he’d taken of K2, and detailed his failed attempt of seven summers past, he segued awkwardly into the crux of his presentation: He told stories about and showed photos of the eighteen CAI-funded schools now operating, lingering on images of the latest: two schools in the Gultori Valley, built flush with the entrances of caves, so that the shells still falling—now that the Kargil "Conflict" had officially ended—couldn’t prevent the…
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He had stated the crux of the matter.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • There, ironically enough, is the crux of it: guilt.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • This more than anything was the crux of Van Buren’s stance.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Or that was how it appeared to Tony, who could see that here was the moment that was the crux of the whole affair.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • He slapped the crux of his left arm with two fingers, removed the plastic shield from the needle with his teeth, and clenched his fist.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Now, while still pursuing the method of realizing our overall strategic concept, I come to the crux of what I have traveled here to say.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
  • Now, while still pursuing the method of realizing our overall strategic concept, I come to the crux of what I have traveled here to say.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Sinews of Peace Speech
  • Standing in the crux, surrounded by apple or cherry blossoms, you could see the plain beyond the water, and silent sheep-like rolls of cloud smoothly skating over oceans of still-green wheait.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • And when Giannini reached the very crux of the whole chain of events, the role of Dr. Teleborian in the psychiatric clinic in 1991, Salander lapsed into such inexhaustible silence that it seemed she might never utter a word again.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Penelope Eckert believes that "linguistic style is inseparable from clothing style, hairstyle and lifestyle," and the crux of this stylistic development comes from young people, but especially girls interacting with their peers.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • But the crux of the matter was that, in justice, no foreign merchant could possibly be granted better treatment than American merchants.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The crux of that problem involves an ongoing partition of the island between British and Irish jurisdictions, and an equally persistent partition of the affections in Northern Ireland between the British and Irish heritages; but surely every dweller in the country must hope that the governments involved in its governance can devise institutions which will allow that partition to become a bit more like the net on a tennis court, a demarcation allowing for agile give-and-take, for…
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • "That," I said, "is the crux.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I will arrange to be in Las Cruces, New Mexico, tonight.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
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