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

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 ?
I'll have to marry sometime, I suppose, but I shall put off the evil day as long as I can.
Thus Sophia, by a little well-directed flattery, for which surely none will blame her, obtained a little ease for herself, and, at least, put off the evil day.
The Negress sobbed hysterically, bemoaning the evil day that had witnessed her departure from her dear Maryland, while the white girl, dry eyed and outwardly calm, was torn by inward fears and forebodings.
There is no man or woman born into this world to whom some of these trials do not fall, and so I feel that some of them must happen to you; and I desire for you, that while you are young you should seek for strength from your Heavenly Father, that you may have a support which will not fail you in the evil day.
So, to me, extension or no extension, if the crisis in the party is not solved, we are simply postponing the evil day.
In particular, employees facing conflict at work, disciplinary hearings or performance management reviews will often "go on the sick" to postpone the evil day or give themselves time to think.
Then again is the Fed not postponing the evil day of reckoning with its money printing and only avoiding the inevitable collapse and perhaps making it even bigger than it would have been?
But after hearing that Cooper's solicitors had only been instructed last week, Mr Justice Saunders said: "I am prepared to do so (adjourn for a psychiatric report) with some reluctance, because it may just be putting off the evil day.
The Government has succeeded in delaying the evil day but the moment of truth arrives in 2012 so the sooner public transport is electrified the better (and cheaper).
The minister may feel that the Government should take the risk, especially as that would put off the evil day until he is out of office and his successor has to admit the Treasury has demanded a further cut in Defra's budget to pay an EU fine.
The drastic action, it was argued at the time, was necessary to rescue the entire financial system from collapse; detractors pointed out that, not only was the coercive extraction of taxpayer funds to reward risky behavior on the part of the world's wealthiest a moral and fiscal outrage, it would do little besides postpone the evil day.
The FA appears to be putting off the evil day in the hope either Everton collapse at home or Liverpool get thrashed abroad, but they may have to get off the fence soon And fast.
Continued low interest rates help to ward off the evil day when consumer bankruptcies and mortgage foreclosures begin to explode, but they cannot produce a recovery on their own.
Quoting Nietzsche from Human, All Too Human: "Thucydides makes it [a glorified Athens] rise resplendent once again, like a transfiguring evening glow in whose light the evil day that preceded it could be forgotten' (p.