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 This week is crunch time ahead of lawmakers' summer recess. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Stimulus talks have stalled. But the pressure to act is rising," 2 Aug. 2020 Cameras kept finding Williamson on the bench during crunch time, leaving plenty of observers confused. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "After kneeling during national anthem, LeBron James hopes me made Colin Kaepernick proud," 31 July 2020 Kirk made the turn with a nifty 30 in his pocket and said after an opening-round 67 that his recent Korn Ferry Tour win helped provide his muscle memory with a refresher course on how to perform at crunch time. Tim Schmitt, Detroit Free Press, "Chris Kirk becoming story of Rocket Mortgage Classic, holes out from bunker & rough to take lead," 3 July 2020 For employees with young kids, life has become a 24/7 stress test and many may need to adjust their work hours to accommodate family crunch times. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "How to manage a team remotely during this crisis," 10 Apr. 2020 Antetokounmpo made his final five free throws at crunch time as part of a 30-point, 13-rebound night to pace the Bucks in the victory, a win that sent the Warriors to their sixth straight loss. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 107, Warriors 98: It's ugly, but it's still a victory," 9 Jan. 2020 But creeping towards a league average defense is within the realm of possibility, and that journey starts with being serviceable at crunch time. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers links: On Damian Lillard’s loyalty and Carmelo Anthony’s bond with LeBron James," 5 Dec. 2019 Turner held Andre Drummond in check during crunch time of the Pacers' comeback to take a 94-90 lead after trailing by as much as 12. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "New issue for Pacers: Who now will be the closer in late-game situations?," 29 Oct. 2019 For the Tar Heels, it was perfectly played defense in crunch time. Dave Skretta,, "Take a timeout to remember NCAA Tournament moments," 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of crunch time

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Crunch time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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