the evil (moment/hour/day)

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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

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 ?
Then to them the good will be enemies and the evil will be their friends?
And in that case they will be right in doing good to the evil and evil to the good?
And nothing evil groweth in thee any longer, unless it be the evil that groweth out of the conflict of thy virtues.
SOCRATES: Then are there some who desire the evil and others who desire the good?
SOCRATES: Do you mean that they think the evils which they desire, to be good; or do they know that they are evil and yet desire them?
SOCRATES: And does he think that the evils will do good to him who possesses them, or does he know that they will do him harm?
MENO: There are some who think that the evils will do them good, and others who know that they will do them harm.
SOCRATES: Is it not obvious that those who are ignorant of their nature do not desire them; but they desire what they suppose to be goods although they are really evils; and if they are mistaken and suppose the evils to be goods they really desire goods?
Had I been passionless, the evil blow would have done only bodily evil - a scar, or a bruise - which is illusion.
It disquieted me in my dreams - the evil in thy soul working through to mine.
The tower is God, the dungeon is the dwelling of the Evil One.
He tells of all the evil things she does, by which Langland means to show what wicked things men will do if tempted by bribery and the hope of gain.
That after thy death day thou shalt turn to the Evil One.
Although he speaks bitter words against the evil deeds of priest and monk, he does not attack the Church.
I heard that the evil eye effect happens unintentionally.