- (idiomatic) Very violent or hard.
2009 May 28, Penelope Green, “Jersey Girls, Nesting”, New York Times:
- Indeed, when baby-voiced Teresa describes the bone-crunching finishes in her new home, a 12,000-square-foot French chateau simulacrum that’s “all granite, marble and onyx,” and avers her commitment to the brand-spanking new (“I just skeeve looking at other people’s houses,” she says.
2009 November 27, “Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child has 'best guitar riff'”, BBC:
- The bone-crunching AC/DC classic Back In Black landed at number six, followed by Metallica's Enter Sandman and the chiming riff of The Beatles' Day Tripper at eight.
2011 April 2, Steve Brenner, “Joey will defy pack of Wolves”, The Sun:
- Back in August, the Toon ace was kicked from pillar to post by Karl Henry in a bone-crunching midfield battle at Molineux.