Crunching



[kruhnch] /krʌntʃ/

verb (used with object)
1.
to crush with the teeth; chew with a crushing noise.
2.
to crush or grind noisily.
3.
to tighten or squeeze financially:
The administration’s policy seems to crunch the economy in order to combat inflation.
verb (used without object)
4.
to chew with a crushing sound.
5.
to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.
noun
6.
an act or sound of crunching.
7.
a shortage or reduction of something needed or wanted:
the energy crunch.
8.
distress or depressed conditions due to such a shortage or reduction:
a budget crunch.
9.
a critical or dangerous situation:
When the crunch comes, just do your best.
Idioms
10.
crunch numbers, Computers.

/krʌntʃ/
verb
1.
to bite or chew (crisp foods) with a crushing or crackling sound
2.
to make or cause to make a crisp or brittle sound: the snow crunched beneath his feet
noun
3.
the sound or act of crunching
4.
short for abdominal crunch
5.
(informal) the crunch, the critical moment or situation
adjective
6.
(informal) critical; decisive: crunch time
v.

1814, from craunch (1630s), probably of imitative origin. Related: Crunched; crunching. The noun is 1836, from the verb; the sense of “critical moment” was popularized 1939 by Winston Churchill, who had used it in his 1938 biography of Marlborough.

Related Terms

number-crunching, nut-crunching

modifier

: : It’s Crunch Time in the Havens

noun

verb

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