crunch time


Definition of crunch time

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

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 The second-year player has shown flashes of improvement this season, but has been unable to move the ball in crunch time through the first two weeks. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 19 Sep. 2022 Blankenship was waived after missing a game-winning 42-yard field goal in overtime and sending two kickoffs out of bounds in crunch time. The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2022 Los Angeles’ defense intercepted Dereck Carr three times and held tough in crunch time as the Raiders had multiple opportunities to get the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. Doug Ziefel, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 Chicago has been a clutch team in crunch time throughout the entire season, especially against Connecticut. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 29 Aug. 2022 In crunch time maybe Lowry is still out on the floor. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 6 June 2022 Davis was huge in crunch time of the Lakers’ play-in victory over Golden State on Wednesday, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 But even Brannen had never seen Vogt take over in crunch time of a college basketball game as the primary scoring threat. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 2 Dec. 2020 Considering that the Grizzlies present plenty of matchup problems for the Warriors, Kerr hopes his team’s playoff pedigree will give it an edge in crunch time. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crunch time

1933, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2022

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“Crunch time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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