Definition of zero hour in English:

zero hour


  • The time at which a planned operation, typically a military one, is set to begin.

    • ‘A few minor adjustments were made to the presentation plan, and we set 3 o'clock as zero hour.’
    • ‘Nervy to begin with, he came close to panic as zero hour approached.’
    • ‘Accompanied by your other three team members, you begin at zero hour of the Clone Wars.’
    • ‘As zero hour approached, Spanish-language radio stations broadcast appeals for all able-bodied Cuban-Americans to help.’
    • ‘‘Tomorrow is zero hour,’ said one of the messages.’
    the appointed time, the appointed hour, the crucial moment, the vital moment, the critical moment, the moment of truth, the moment of decision, the point of decision, the rubicon, the critical point, the crux
    the crunch
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First World War: from zero + hour.


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