at the crossroads

at a crossroads

At a point when a choice must be made; at a point of change. After earning my degree, I'm at a crossroads. I need to figure out which direction my life should take. As a company, we're at a crossroads. We can continue business as usual, or we can take a risk and try to grow.
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at the crossroads

Also, at a crossroads. At a point of decision or a critical juncture, as in Because of the proposed merger, the company is standing at the crossroads. This phrase, based on the importance accorded to the intersection of two roads since ancient times, has also been used figuratively just about as long. In the 1500s Erasmus quoted from the Greek Theognis's Elegies (c. 600 b.c.): "I stand at the crossroads."
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at the crossroads

At a critical juncture or turning point. The place where two roads intersect has had special significance from ancient times. Some tribes used a crossroads as a place for religious sacrifices, and hence they came to be associated with execution. In Christian times, criminals and those who died by their own hand often were buried at a crossroads (since they could not be buried in consecrated ground). Crossroads also were a favorite spot for ambushes, highway robbery, and other nefarious deeds. The phrase “dirty work at the crossroads” crops up throughout the nineteenth century, as well as in a spate of twentieth-century murder mysteries. The idea of a figurative crossroads, a point of having to decide which road to take, is also very old. Erasmus quotes a fragment from the Greek poet Theognis’s Elegies, dating from about 600 b.c., translated as “I stand at the crossroads.”
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At the crossroads by Gazetoy Place, where there are always crowds of carriages and sledges, Alexey Alexandrovitch suddenly heard his name called out in such a loud and cheerful voice that he could not help looking round.
At the crossroads Billy hesitated and looked at Saxon.
The boarding house was near the edge of the town, and soon they were at the crossroads which is beyond its boundary.
"There's the corner at the crossroads, where the cabman, Zakhar, has his stand, and there's Zakhar himself and still the same horse!
"You take and split the bean, and cut the wart so as to get some blood, and then you put the blood on one piece of the bean and take and dig a hole and bury it 'bout midnight at the crossroads in the dark of the moon, and then you burn up the rest of the bean.
Norman of Torn had recovered his helmet from one of his men who had picked it up at the crossroads, and now he rode in silence with lowered visor, as was his custom.
Misrata hospital reported eight dead and 105 wounded in fighting around the Abu Grein crossroads, south of Misrata, and the city's military council is calling on all its allies to meet at the crossroads for a fight, Antiwar reported.
In "Copts At The Crossroads", author Mariz Tadros poses such questions as why there has been a mass exodus of Copts from Egypt, and how this relates to other religious minorities in the Arab region; why it is that sectarian violence increased during and after the Egyptian revolution, which epitomized the highest degree of national unity since 1919; and how the new configuration of power has influenced the extent to which a vision of a political order is being based on the principles of inclusive democracy.
Description / object of the contract:The work involves the construction of a part of the crossroads formed by the rue Saint Nestor Dehon and Drion Lost and located in Saint -Symphorien and other roads, a portion of said street and said paths from located at the crossroads front entrance of the British military cemetery in Saint -Symphorien : * removal of borders and rivulets , the demolition of the coating and foundations * earthwork cut and fill to elements in "L" and installation of a drainage pipe, concrete foundation * type I or II lean - 20 cm thick for the intersection and continuous ballast - 25 cm thickness for roads; * coating for hydrocarbon crossroads and rubble for roads , concrete curbs * type IA to the crossroads.
The company has announced activation of the Crossroads No# 202 well at the Crossroads Siluro-Devonian Unit in Lea County, New Mexico, US.
MiddleBrook Crossroads is an 800,000 s/f office/flex/warehouse park located on Route 22 East in Bridgewater at the crossroads of I-287 and Routes 22 and 28.
LaBas, however, is no conventional detective, and his movement away from rigidity suggests that he is learning to move and think as if in a smooth space, or in keeping with his position in Voodoo tradition, as if at the crossroads between the striated and the smooth, where the rupture of the plane occurs.