moment of truth

noun phrase

Definition of moment of truth

1 : the final sword thrust in a bullfight
2 : a moment of crisis on whose outcome much or everything depends

First Known Use of moment of truth

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Moment of truth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moment%20of%20truth. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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