crunch time


Definition of crunch time

: a critical moment or period (as near the end of a game) when decisive action is needed

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Examples of crunch time in a Sentence

The team had trained well, but at crunch time they just couldn't perform. with only three minutes left in the game, it was definitely crunch time
Recent Examples on the Web For Game 6, critique Booker’s inefficiency (19 points on 8-of-22 shooting), Ayton’s struggles with defending Antetokounmpo and collecting fouls and Jae Crowder missing two wide open 3-pointers in crunch time. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021 Lineups, crunch time decisions and all the growing pains of figuring out his new team will come. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 2 July 2021 The news comes at a crunch time for U.K. businesses. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 14 June 2021 Scientists agree, saying it’s crunch time for the planet. Alana Semuels, Time, 2 June 2021 The Parliament is expected to vote at a plenary session after the summer, but these few days remain a crunch time, leading Greenpeace to take action at the Parliament’s steps. Daniela De Lorenzo, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Last season, Vogel was so good at picking the right option at center, shuffling JaVale McGee from the starting lineup to the bench, tabbing Dwight Howard at times and Morris at others while always having Davis as a crunch time option. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Easter crunch time at his multimillion-dollar chocolate factory and the shelves are adorned with dark-chocolate egg cartons and white-chocolate bunnies, chocolate bark and hollow pastel eggs adorned in spring flowers. Phillip Valys,, 2 Apr. 2021 According to a 2019 of survey from the International Game Developers Association, 40 percent of game developers reported working crunch time at least once over the course of the previous year. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of crunch time

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crunch time was in 1933

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26 Jul 2021

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“Crunch time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crunch time

informal : the most important time in a game, event, etc. : a critical moment


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