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moment of truth

the moment in a bullfight at which the matador is about to make the kill.
the moment at which one's character, courage, skill, etc., is put to an extreme test; critical moment.
Origin of moment of truth
1930-35 Unabridged
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  • He had been right, in some sense, when he called it a moment of truth.
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  • The moment of truth comes when they fail to sustain prosperity.
  • The moment of truth is almost always what the military does.
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  • It's almost as if he were avoiding the evening's moment of truth.
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  • In every memoir there's a moment of truth, a sudden proving ground.
  • Somewhere in the balance of these perceptions and the customer's expectations is the moment of truth.
British Dictionary definitions for moment of truth

moment of truth

a moment when a person or thing is put to the test
the point in a bullfight when the matador is about to kill the bull
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moment of truth

A critical or decisive time, at which one is put to the ultimate test, as in Now that all the bills are in, we've come to the moment of truth—can we afford to live here or not? This expression, a translation of the Spanish el momento de la verdad, signifies the point in a bullfight when the matador makes the kill. It was first used in English in Ernest Hemingway's story Death in the Afternoon (1932).
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