in (one's) hour of need

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in (one's) hour of need

At the point in time when someone needs help the most. I'll always be indebted to Janet for standing by me in my hour of need.
See also: hour, need, of

in your ˌhour of ˈneed

(often humorous) when you really need help: Where were you in my hour of need? Sitting in a cafe with your friends!
See also: hour, need, of
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The Stag, congratulating himself on his safety, began to express his sincere thanks to the Oxen who had kindly helped him in the hour of need.
Not to let the gold and silver pieces fall through your fingers, or to live in a great house and be waited upon by servants who desert you in the hour of need.
This came into my mind: to play off Panda against Dingaan; it was for such an hour of need that I had saved Panda alive.
No,' said the sun, 'I have not seen it; but I will give thee a casket--open it when thy hour of need comes.
It is I who ask you to do so; it is I who beg you to do so; it is I who now, in the hour of need, command you to do so, in the name of M.
This was the man whose advice I had come to ask--who assistance I had confidently counted on in my hour of need.
Had I but followed your advice, beautiful Persian," he said, "all this would not have happened, but at least I have this consolation, that I have spent my fortune in the company of friends who will not desert me in an hour of need.
Carthoris, seeing him thus, felt a pang of regret that, after all, this man that he had thought so valorous should prove, in the hour of need, as spineless as Jav or Tario.
Nor did she accept him coldly; like a true woman she sympathised with those who suffered severely, and they knew it and took counsel of her in the hour of need.
Take it for my sake, that you may have some resource in an hour of need and trouble.
He had carried it off as a good joke with Scott, excused his little wife as well as he could, and played the host so hospitably that his friend enjoyed the impromptu dinner, and promised to come again, but John was angry, though he did not show it, he felt that Meg had deserted him in his hour of need.
In the hour of need, however, he was not found wanting.
Well, my dear D'Artagnan, understand this; to that king, to that man of heart, to that friend of my thoughts, if I durst venture to say so, I swore at the last hour to preserve faithfully the secret of a deposit which was to be transmitted to his son, to assist him in his hour of need.
Then against such chances the children must be at once furnished with wings, in order that in the hour of need they may fly away and escape.
But the government of the country, having neither act nor part in them, is not in the receipt of any portion of the gratitude they inspire; and, offering very little shelter or relief beyond that which is to be found in the workhouse and the jail, has come, not unnaturally, to be looked upon by the poor rather as a stern master, quick to correct and punish, than a kind protector, merciful and vigilant in their hour of need.