crucial moment

See: crossroad
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Heralded by the increasing fierceness of the squalls, sometimes by a faint flash of lightning like the signal of a lighted torch waved far away behind the clouds, the shift of wind comes at last, the crucial moment of the change from the brooding and veiled violence of the south-west gale to the sparkling, flashing, cutting, clear- eyed anger of the King's north-westerly mood.
Only a few days since you, yourself, told me that these great brutes, by the uncertainty of their tempers, often were the means of turning victory into defeat, since, at a crucial moment, they might elect to unseat and rend their riders.
I failed of the bold front and the necessary forwardness when the crucial moment came.
At the crucial moment he appeared to lose the courage of his conviction.
Of course, it would have been best, all round, for Merlin to waive etiquette and quit and call it half a day, since he would never be able to start that water, for he was a true magician of the time; which is to say, the big miracles, the ones that gave him his repu- tation, always had the luck to be performed when nobody but Merlin was present; he couldn't start this well with all this crowd around to see; a crowd was as bad for a magician's miracle in that day as it was for a spiritualist's miracle in mine; there was sure to be some skeptic on hand to turn up the gas at the crucial moment and spoil everything.
Raffles, and at the crucial moment he would whisper "Victory or Wormwood Scrubbs, Bunny
What checked him at the crucial moment was the familiar, harmless aspect of common things, the steady light, the open book on the table, the solitude, the peace, the home-like effect of the place.
Xhaferi revealed one crucial moment during the signing of the Agreement reached on the 15th of July.
At the crucial moment, he pulled back and Ms Samuels handed the bunch of lilacs and nistercians to Kate, who wore a Seraphine Natasha cashmere blend coat and a patterned dress.
Ian Madigan's 72nd minute try proved the crucial moment though proved the crucial moment though and instead it was another inspirational figure - Johann Muller of Ulster - who had to bow out afterwards.
Rodgers said: "Steven has picked up this club so many times and was just really unfortunate that he slipped at a crucial moment just on half-time.
Even if you don't write poetry, perhaps an email you wrote to a friend last week or a seminar you designed last year suddenly sings back to you at a crucial moment, with the exact medicine you need in your own life.