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scrunch / skrənch/ • v. [intr.] make a loud crunching noise: crisp yellow leaves scrunched underfoot. ∎  [tr.] crush or squeeze (something) into a compact mass: Gloria scrunched the handkerchief into a ball. ∎  [intr.] become crushed or squeezed in such a way: their faces scrunch up with concentration. ∎  [tr.] style (hair) by squeezing or crushing it in the hands to give a tousled look.• n. [in sing.] a loud crunching noise: Charlotte heard the scrunch of boots on gravel.

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