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crunch

verb [I or T] uk   /krʌntʃ/ us  
to crush hard food loudly between the teeth, or to make a sound as if something is being crushed or broken: She was crunching noisily on an apple. The gravel crunched underfoot as we walked up to the house.Biting, chewing and swallowingEatingSounds made by objects, movement or impactSounds made by humans with their mouths

crunch

noun uk   /krʌntʃ/ us  

crunch noun (SOUND)

[C usually singular] the sound of hard food being crushed between the teeth, or like something being crushed or broken: The woods were silent apart from the crunch of our feet in the snow.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact

crunch noun (DIFFICULTY)

the crunch [S] informal a difficult situation that forces you to make a decision or do something: The crunch came when she was forced to choose between her marriage and her career.Turning points and deciding momentsDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters

crunch noun (EXERCISE)

[C usually plural] an exercise in which you lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, and then raise your head and shoulders: Doing crunches every day strengthens your abdominal muscles.
(Definition of crunch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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