crunch time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - crunch time

"crunch time"

a critical period of time characterized by a heightened pressure to succeed at or near the end of a given situation or undertaking


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - crunch time

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We have been working on this project non-stop for the past three months and we have only this weekend left to finish.

Colleague 2:  I guess it is crunch time.

Colleague 1:  Let's order in the pizzas and prepare to work all weekend to finish.

Colleague 2:  The future of the company is at stake here. We had better make sure we are successful.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - crunch time

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Final exams start Monday.

Student 2:  Crunch time begins!

Student 1:  It is hard to believe that our entire year comes down to these three critical days.

Student 2:  It sure is a lot of pressure.

crunch time - Usage:


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crunch time - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for crunch time.

crunch time - Examples:

1)  We're coming to a crunch time with our economy and our environment where we're going to be forced into ...

2)  I'm running kind of low on bats, so it's getting down to crunch time.

3)  But I'm best when my back's against the wall, crunch time. That's when I elevate my play.

4)  ... it was crunch time for the transplant team as the organs had to be transplanted within a limited ...

5)  ... kind of ends by then, so this is the crunch time right now.

6)  ... playing fluent in earlier rounds is a far cry from performing when the crunch time of a medal match comes around.

7)  This is crunch time, where the battle is won or lost.

8)  ... working out your route and saving up those all-important pennies. Now it's crunch time -- your plane takes off in a few days and reality really starts to ...

9)  Everyone is excited about reaching the playoffs. But now it is crunch time and we will have to take chances.

10)  ... thinks crunch time will be in the next 10 years when aging sheep farmers pass the baton ...

11)  By the mid-1960s, when 95 per cent of transatlantic passengers flew, it was crunch time for cruising - some lines went out of business while others merged.

12)  ... while the starting unit gets a prolonged rest before returning for crunch time at the end.

13)  ... though they believe they possess all the confidence in the world, when it's crunch time they completely clam up.

14)  Investors, saviours during crunch time, can be surprisingly cold in these situations.

15)  For the past few days it has been crunch time for numerous families as they try frantically to appropriately place their loved ones.

16)  ... stay at this level. It comes no bigger than this, it really is crunch time now. There is no room for excuses, we've got to go ...

17)  With just one regular season game remaining, it's crunch time for ...

18)  ... we go into the last two weeks of this hot and humid campaign, "crunch time" sets upon us.

19)  The time for such abstractions is over. It is crunch time. It is time to choose for our country's future or ...

20)  For me, as for a lot of people, crunch time in a relationship comes when you retire.