An overworked figure of speech, such as, inter
alia, "at the end of the day," or "it is what is," or "thinking outside the box," or "leverage our resources." Crutchphrases are a common refuge
who have difficulty articulating ideas or concepts without reflexively
using jargon and cliché. Often relied upon by powerpoint
who simply repeat
what is already
printed on the Powerpoint
The use of a crutchphrase is often an open admission of an unwillingness or inability to think, let alone use language effectively.
"At the end of the day," the speaker droned, "we have to think
out of the box if we are to successfully
leverage our resources." Note the split infinitive.
"But," protested a listener, "you're not making any sense
at all, you're just babbling a bunch of crutch phrases!"
"It is what it is," replied
the speaker, retreating to the safe territory of a crutch phrase.