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crunch

verb  /krʌntʃ/ us  

crunch verb (MAKE NOISE)

[I/T] to crush hard food loudly between the teeth, or to make a sound as if something is being crushed or broken: [I] She was crunching noisily on an apple. [I] The gravel crunched underfoot as we walked up the path.

crunch verb (CALCULATE)

[T] to calculate numbers or process information: The project seems worthwhile, but you have to crunch the numbers to see if it’s affordable.

crunch

noun [C/U]  /krʌntʃ/ us  

crunch noun [C/U] (DIFFICULTY)

[C/U] slang a difficult situation which forces you to make a decision or act: 'The state faces a financial crunch.

crunch noun [C/U] (NOISE)

[C usually sing] a noise that sounds as if something is being crushed or broken: We heard a loud crunch as the car hit the wall.
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