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.
The Hammers manager knew that was a crucial moment in the match - but only because the Blues were clinical in taking their chances.
Only the cause of loyalty, harbor people who can at the state property and people's lives are threatened, do not hesitate to run ahead; only it always carried on the shoulder responsibility and role of cadres, in order to stand out at the crucial moment , complete the most remarkable feat.
The dodgy businessman asks Nene to back up his alibi for the time of the blast, but when Terese discovers that a crucial moment of CCTV is missing, she informs the police and Paul is arrested.
Turner last won the Brocklesby Stakes in 2013 and with only ten two-year-olds, including his likely runner Crucial Moment, he believes the odds are becoming more stacked against him.
Xhaferi revealed one crucial moment during the signing of the Agreement reached on the 15th of July.