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
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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
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I was making money at this business when, in an evil moment, I was induced to merge it in the Cur-Spattering -- a somewhat analogous, but, by no means, so respectable a profession.
In an evil moment the shopman held up the lovely, shimmering folds, and said, "A bargain, I assure, you, ma'am." She answered, "I'll take it," and it was cut off and paid for, and Sallie had exulted, and she had laughed as if it were a thing of no consequence, and driven away, feeling as if she had stolen something, and the police were after her.
evil moment. The user proudly salutes his male friends who understand about it.
Evil moment last month when it announced it would be providing $50,000 - that's right, fifty thousand dollars - each to Oregon, Alaska, California, Washington state and Hawaii to help pay for removal of debris from last year's Japanese tsunami washing up on the Pacific Coast.
If nothing else, cramming them into an attic gets them out of sight and out of mind and delays the evil moment when a final decision has to be made on the future of old baby toys, college essays, unused mattresses and Disney videos.
The damage from that evil moment curtailed his playing to a brief spell at Highbury, as well as Sheffield Wednesday and Dundee United.
But perhaps it is time they were - putting off the evil moment and missing Inland Revenue deadlines results in stinging fines and an array of penalties for continued non-compliance.
So, the experts agree that a hair of the dog only postpones the evil moment when you have to let your body recover on its own from too much festive alcohol.
I can always tell he's putting off the evil moment when he actually has to open a book because he follows me round the house saying "Mum, did you know ...?
If you are really putting off the evil moment, pay a visit to, home of sticky products like PVA and No More Nails, and its host Bob Bond (motto: Bob Bond, Licensed to Fill) and you can waste time trying Bob's plastering quiz or hunting down the evil nails in Bob's special DIY game.
Puntila only fears one thing - his rare spells of being sober - but tries to keep the evil moments at bay by always having a large drink in his hand.