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Definition the most important point; or the most difficult aspect
  • 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
  • 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
  • That is the crux of the matter?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • And there you have the crux of the situation.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • That's the crux of the matter.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • His eyes blazed with intensity, just as they had months ago in New Mexico, when he'd battled us in the streets of Las Cruces and vowed to destroy us.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • He would have slept where he was tired: maybe in the Las Cruces city park, maybe in an abandoned car out in the desert.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The essential plot element, the crux upon which the outcome depended, was time.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • 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
  • He had stated the crux of the matter.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • "But here is the very crux of the matter, don't you see?
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • But firstly, no, Harry, not seven Hor-cruxes: six.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Because that's the crux of it, isn't it, Ben?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • It was stunning to Mariam how quickly alleviating hunger became the crux of their existence.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • And Pius IX his predecessor's motto was Crux upon Crux—that is, Cross upon Cross—to show the difference between their two pontificates."
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I will arrange to be in Las Cruces, New Mexico, tonight.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Was this the crux of Denise's error?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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