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English definition of “number-crunching”

number-crunching

noun [U]     /ˈnʌm.bəˌkrʌn.tʃɪŋ/ US  /-bɚ-/
mathematical work performed by people or computers that is often quite simple but takes a long timeCalculations and calculatingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and division number-cruncher     /ˈnʌm.bəˌkrʌn.tʃər/ US  /-bɚˌkrʌn.tʃɚ/ noun [C] I'm only a number-cruncher in the accounts department.Calculations and calculatingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and division
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