verb (used with object)
to crush with the teeth; chew with a crushing noise.
to crush or grind noisily.
to tighten or squeeze financially:
The administration’s policy seems to crunch the economy in order to combat inflation.
verb (used without object)
to chew with a crushing sound.
to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.
an act or sound of crunching.
a shortage or reduction of something needed or wanted:
the energy crunch.
distress or depressed conditions due to such a shortage or reduction:
a budget crunch.
a critical or dangerous situation:
When the crunch comes, just do your best.
crunch numbers, Computers.
to bite or chew (crisp foods) with a crushing or crackling sound
to make or cause to make a crisp or brittle sound: the snow crunched beneath his feet
the sound or act of crunching
short for abdominal crunch
(informal) the crunch, the critical moment or situation
(informal) critical; decisive: crunch time
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.
: : It’s Crunch Time in the Havens
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