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

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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 Spring is crunch time for seniors looking to secure their futures in men’s college basketball., "Where are Oregon's 2018 high school seniors headed to play men's college basketball?," 13 June 2018 Gone are the days in which New England can just bank on Tom Brady piling up four-touchdown games on a weekly basis or can simply toss the ball in Rob Gronkowski’s orbit in crunch time and expect great things to happen. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "Patriots offense thriving after emphasis of rushing game," 14 Jan. 2019 The campaign has been mostly saving its money for crunch time, spending less than $35,000 in August, including $26,500 for a poll. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle property-tax levy to test voters’ generosity toward education," 15 Oct. 2018 This is crunch time for gift buying, party going, decorating, and making sure that travel arrangements are in order (while worrying about the weather forecast, too). Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Video of Shalom Harlow Dancing for Donatella Versace Is Everything," 17 Dec. 2018 The Cardiac Cougars waited until crunch time again Sunday. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH records comeback win over Purdue to remain alive in NCAA Tournament," 3 June 2018 Ohio City Farm, Cleveland's six-acre agricultural marvel in the dense, urban West Side Market neighborhood, hit crunch time this year. Debbi Snook,, "Cleveland's Ohio City Farm faces losses, adds resources, opens doors (photos)," 14 Mar. 2018 Santiago is one of those players who never shies away from the big-time moment and always saves his best for crunch time. Shelby Dermer,, "Hughes' Santiago on making Puerto Rico's team: 'It's a blessing to play for your country'," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of crunch time

1976, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crunch time was in 1976

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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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