crunch

crunch
crunch1 [krʌntʃ] n
1.) [singular]
a noise like the sound of something being crushed
The only sound was the crunch of tyres on gravel.
2.) [C, singular] AmE
a difficult situation caused by a lack of something, especially money or time
Three new teachers were hired to help ease the crunch.
cash/budget/financial etc crunch
Cost cutting had enabled the organization to survive a previous cash crunch.
3.) the crunch also crunch time AmE
an important time, especially one when a difficult decision has to be made
The crunch came when my bank asked for my credit card back.
When it came to the crunch , she couldn't agree to marry him.
4.)
an exercise in which you lie on your back and lift your head and shoulders off the ground to make your stomach muscles strong
= ↑sit-up
crunch 2
crunch2 v
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: cranch 'to crunch' (17-19 centuries), probably from the sound; influenced by munch]
1.) [I]
to make a sound like something being crushed
Their boots crunched loudly on the frozen snow.
2.) [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
to eat hard food in a way that makes a noise
crunch on
The dog was crunching on a bone.
3.) crunch (the) numbers
to do a lot of calculations in order to find an answer
The computer will crunch all the numbers to determine the final score.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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