when it comes to the crunch


when it comes to the crunch
when a situation becomes serious or an important decision has to be made.

You know that when it comes to the crunch, she will do what needs to be done.

Usage notes: also used in the form at crunch time with the same meaning:

She's the kind of player who's going to score at crunch time.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • if/when it comes to the crunch — ► when a situation becomes extremely serious and a decision must be made: »If it comes to the crunch, we ll have no alternative but to sell up. Main Entry: ↑crunch …   Financial and business terms

  • if it comes to the crunch — if/when it comes to the crunch ► when a situation becomes extremely serious and a decision must be made: »If it comes to the crunch, we ll have no alternative but to sell up. Main Entry: ↑crunch …   Financial and business terms

  • if it comes to the crunch — if/when it comes to the crunch if you talk about what someone will do if it comes to the crunch, you mean what they will do if a situation becomes serious or they have to make an important decision. If it comes to the crunch, will she play well… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • come to the crunch —    To talk about what to do if or when a situation comes to the crunchmeans when it becomes critical and a decision has to be made.     I m running out of money. If it comes to the crunch, I ll sell my car …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • crunch — I UK [krʌntʃ] / US verb Word forms crunch : present tense I/you/we/they crunch he/she/it crunches present participle crunching past tense crunched past participle crunched 1) [intransitive/transitive] to bite hard food, causing it to make a loud… …   English dictionary