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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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 Helton is far from the only coach to overhaul an offensive approach in crunch time. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Graham Harrell, the Air Raid and Clay Helton's All-in Gamble to Turn Around USC," 1 Aug. 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 Osaka's response brought her to tears Williams cranked up her level at crunch time in a scene regularly played out over her three-decade career. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams all 'business' ahead of Wimbledon semifinals," 10 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 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

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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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