moment of truth
moment of truth definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the point in a bullfight when the matador faces the bull for the kill
- a critical moment or time that tests and reveals one's true self or makes one face the truth
moment of truth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. moments of truthThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A critical or decisive time on which much depends; a crucial moment.
- Sports The point in a bullfight at which the matador makes the kill.
Origin: Translation of Spanish el momento de verdad.
moment of truth - Phrases/Idioms
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).