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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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be at a crossroads

To be at a point when a choice must be made; to be 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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dirty work at the crossroads

Nefarious activities. He got arrested for being involved in dirty work at the crossroads.
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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 a (or the) crossroads

at a critical point, when decisions with far-reaching consequences must be made.
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dirty work at the crossroads

illicit or underhand dealing. humorous
This expression is recorded from the early 20th century and may reflect the fact that crossroads, the traditional burial site for people who had committed suicide, were once viewed as sinister places.
1914 P. G. Wodehouse The Man Upstairs A conviction began to steal over him that some game was afoot which he did not understand, that—in a word—there was dirty work at the crossroads.
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at a ˈcrossroads

at a stage where a decision has to be made: He’s at a crossroads in his career — either he stays in his current job and waits for promotion, or he accepts this new post in Brazil.
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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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"It is also the first of the R7 crossroads where the first 24 kilometres will be open to travellers in spring of the following year.There will be also one new traffic limitation a closed branch between Bajkalska and Pristavna.
Diversion: When left-turning lane into Stoke Road is closed, drivers will need to turn right, do a u-turn at the roundabout and come back across the crossroads onto Stoke Road.
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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.
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