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English definition of “crunch”

crunch

noun (DIFFICULTY)    /krʌntʃ/
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
(Definition of crunch noun (DIFFICULTY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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