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The interval of time immediately before a project is due, when it becomes apparent that the schedule has slipped and everyone is going to have to work like dogs to try to complete the project in time. Crunch time usually occurs during the period between the next-to-last scheduled milestone (prior to which everyone was able to delude themselves tht the schedule had NOT slipped) and the final deadline for delivery. During crunch time, workers are in crunch mode. Prevalent in the software industry, but used elsewhere as well.
"We've got three weeks left to complete six weeks worth of work. Looks like we'll be living on take-out for a while."

"I freakin' hate crunch time."
by Evac156 February 22, 2005
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to take an unfortunate loss and turn of events.
"last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back" - Big Sean (2017)
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the point at which you realize that an exam worth 50% of your grade is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30 am and you'd better get your ass in gear and study all fucking night.
It's crunchtime man, I can't go out tonight.
by Karla A October 23, 2007
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"It's gettin pretty close to crunch time,better finish that report soon."
by hipster November 10, 2003
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a period of time during which one must make a effort quickly
Crunch time at the cafeteria often comes at midday, when people are most stressed out and eager for a meal.
by The Return of Light Joker August 03, 2011
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a critical moment or period (as near the end of a game) when decisive action is needed
Player: i can't believe that kid airballed a 3 pointer in crunch time!
by GarbageCollector January 03, 2021
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Adj- Refers to a poker player who relies on several different universes to make poker decesions that are usually wrong. In addition a player who likes to move chips around
Damm... That fool played just like crunchtime and called off all of his chips with a J 10 suited against AA because "I had a feeling"
by Siip it February 05, 2010
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