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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.

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.

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.

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.
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