Definition of emergency
- the mayor declared a state of emergency after the flood
Her quick thinking in an emergency saved the baby's life.
an alert, quick-thinking girl who is good to have around in an emergency
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moment of truth, point of no return;
: an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action
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