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It is the fulcrum on which the plan pivots.
  the pivot about which a lever turns
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  • It is the fulcrum on which the plan pivots.
  • Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
  • shifted the fulcrum of U.S. politics
  • Timber splinters, as though the rubble teeters on some final fulcrum.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • I could feel a crushing sting across my gloved knuckles, but ignored it as I forced the hairy head back, and back, and back again, using the angle of the wall as a fulcrum for the lever of the beast’s body.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Ralph used one hand as a fulcrum and pressed down with the other till the shell rose, dripping, and Piggy could make a grab.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • ’Give me a fulcrum, and I shall move the world!’
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Who was it that said he needed a fulcrum?" said Ellis Wyatt.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • His forefinger felt where the handle of his sword would use it for a fulcrum.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Nurse Duckett shrieked and jumped into the air a mile, but it wasn’t high enough, and she squirmed and vaulted and seesawed back and forth on her divine fulcrum for almost a full fifteen seconds before she wiggled free finally and retreated frantically into the aisle with an ashen, trembling face.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • Jewel’s hat droops limp about his neck, channelling water onto the soaked towsack tied about his shoulders as, ankle-deep in the running ditch, he pries with a slipping two-by-four, with a piece of rotting log for fulcrum, at the axle.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • But what I am saying is that it is these sorts of instances which over time come to symbolize an irrefutable fact; namely that one has had the privilege of practising one’s profession at the very fulcrum of great affairs.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • That’s why it’s a fulcrum word.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Regaining new stable equilibrium he rose uninjured though concussed by the impact, raised the latch of the area door by the exertion of force at its freely moving flange and by leverage of the first kind applied at its fulcrum, gained retarded access to the kitchen through the subadjacent scullery, ignited a lucifer match by friction, set free inflammable coal gas by turningon the ventcock, lit a high flame which, by regulating, he reduced to quiescent candescence and lit finally a…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Without a sound, he began to pivot from the rock, with his foothold the fulcrum.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I understood the mechanics of levers; but where was I to get a fulcrum?
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Snap her arms and legs using his knees as a fulcrum as he had on occasion.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • And he felt himself to be only the occasion, the fulcrum, needed to make this movement possible.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Where was the fulcrum?
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • His bitterness was a fulcrum and his rage was a long lever with which he would move the world, the whole damn world, to learn the truth, no matter what damage he caused or whom he destroyed in the process.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • I’m at the fulcrum," he said.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • His thumb knew the exact weight in ounces which it would have to exert on the near side of the fulcrum.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • To do once, is the fulcrum whereby child brain become man brain.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Phaedrus began to wonder if "dialectic" had some special meaning that made it a fulcrum word…one that can shift the balance of an argument, depending on how it’s placed.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Thus the dethronement of dialectic from what Socrates and Plato held it to be was absolutely essential for Aristotle, and "dialectic" was and still is a fulcrum word.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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