crunch time

noun

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

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Opening a liquidity window will be helpful as NBFCs are facing crunch time. Shachindra Nath, Quartz India, "India’s NBFCs, wrongly called shadow banks, need the government’s backing," 3 July 2019 Instead, the 6-8 forward was inconsistent, faded into the shadows in crunch time and sometimes completely disappeared in games during the season. oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans trade No. 4 pick after Anthony Davis deal; Blazers grab a Tar Heel and former Oregon Duck Bol Bol’s strong ‘pro day’ boosts his stock," 18 June 2019 Instead, the 6-8 forward was inconsistent, faded into the shadows in crunch time and sometimes completely disappeared in games during the season. oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans trade No. 4 pick after Anthony Davis deal; Blazers grab a Tar Heel and former Oregon Duck Bol Bol’s strong ‘pro day’ boosts his stock," 18 June 2019 Instead, the 6-8 forward was inconsistent, faded into the shadows in crunch time and sometimes completely disappeared in games during the season. oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Zion Williamson No. 1; Trail Blazers add a scoring forward, Oregon Ducks’ Bol Bol a lottery pick," 6 June 2019 And the absence of Thompson in crunch time highlights the Warriors’ lack of shooting. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The Raptors paid Steph Curry the ultimate respect and it told us so much about these NBA Finals," 3 June 2019 In the state Capitol, it’s crunch time for bills and budgets. John Myers, latimes.com, "A big political moment on the world stage, on California's campaign trail and in Sacramento," 30 May 2018 To the surprise of none, the two teams traded tallies once more and entered crunch time tied at three goals apiece, and sent the game to overtime for the fourth time this series. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Toronto Stops Late Surge From Boston to Force Game 6," 21 Apr. 2018 To truly open the floor and create a dynamic, free-flowing offense to maximize Oladipo -- the kind that doesn't bog down in crunch time of the playoffs -- a power forward who shoots better than 32 percent from 3 is required. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Case for Pacers keeping Thaddeus Young or moving on in free agency," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of crunch time

1976, in the meaning defined above

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crunch time

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crunch time

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

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