at the crossroads

Also, at a crossroads. At a point of decision or a critical juncture, as in Because of the proposed merger, the company is standing at the crossroads. This phrase, based on the importance accorded to the intersection of two roads since ancient times, has also been used figuratively just about as long. In the 1500s Erasmus quoted from the Greek Theognis's Elegies (c. 600 b.c.): “I stand at the crossroads.”

Nearby words

  1. at sword's point,
  2. at that,
  3. at that point,
  4. at that rate,
  5. at that stage,
  6. at the drop of a hat,
  7. at the end of one's rope,
  8. at the expense of,
  9. at the hand of,
  10. at the helm

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