the evil hour/day/moment

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the evil moment/hour/day

The moment, time, or day when one must do something particularly difficult, unpleasant, or stressful. I knew I had to start filing my taxes soon, but I've been doing everything in my power to put off the evil day. Having "the hair of the dog" may make you feel slightly better after a night of heavy drinking, but it's only postponing the evil moment when your body's hangover eventually kicks in.
See also: evil, hour, moment

the evil ˈhour/ˈday/ˈmoment

the time when you have to do something difficult or unpleasant: I’d better go and see the dentist — I can’t put off the evil hour any longer.I worried for weeks about how I would tell him the bad news but eventually I couldn’t put off the evil day any longer.
See also: evil, hour, moment
References in classic literature ?
In an evil hour he satisfied the jealous inquiries of the contraband hotel-keeper; in an evil hour he penetrated into the somewhat unsavoury interior.
He was rapidly rising in acquirements and virtues, when, in an evil hour, his stable was newly painted.
"It was an evil hour," she said, "that you insisted on going to this place.
Now in an evil hour, hoping to win a marriage portion for his child, this simple old man had entrusted his small savings to a sharper to be ventured in a glittering speculation.
Willing therefore to delay the evil hour, she resolved to wait till her sister's health were more secure, before she appointed it.
it was an evil hour when Miss Lockwood recommended my husband to be his lordship's courier--!'
At length I came one night to that lonely spot where we had camped in the evil hour when Umslopogaas was borne away by the lioness, and once more I looked upon the cave whence he had dragged the cub, and upon the awful face of the stone Witch who sits aloft upon the Ghost Mountain forever and forever.
'Say, young lady, if you please,' pursued Rachael, 'why, in an evil hour, you ever came to Stephen's that night.'
So saying, her rash hand in evil hour Forth reaching to the Fruit, she pluck'd, she eat: Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat Sighing through all her Works gave signs of woe, That all was lost.
It was an evil hour when you let yourself be got with child by his promises, and that island you long so much for found its way into your head."
In an evil hour, however, he took the advice of the Indians to abandon the river, and follow a road or trail leading into the prairies.
In an evil hour I subscribed to a lie; and now only am I truly miserable."
That, he had been the prisoner's friend, but, at once in an auspicious and an evil hour detecting his infamy, had resolved to immolate the traitor he could no longer cherish in his bosom, on the sacred altar of his country.
This unlucky page, engaged in an evil hour at six pounds ten per annum, was a source of continual trouble to me.
In an evil hour Polly had let her play boat in her big trunk, which stood empty.