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crunch / krənch/ • v. [tr.] 1. crush (a hard or brittle foodstuff) with the teeth, making a loud but muffled grinding sound. ∎  [intr.] make such a sound, esp. when walking or driving over gravel or an icy surface. ∎  strike or crush noisily: two drivers who had just crunched fenders. 2. process (large amounts of information) or perform (operations of great complexity), esp. by computer: computers crunch data from real-world observations. • n. 1. [usu. in sing.] a loud muffled grinding sound made when crushing, moving over, or hitting something. 2. (the crunch) inf. a crucial point or situation, typically one at which a decision with important consequences must be made: when it comes to the crunch, you chicken out. ∎  a severe shortage of money or credit: easing America's credit crunch. 3. a physical exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles; a sit-up.

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crunch crush with the teeth. XIX. var. of craunch (XVII), assim. to munch.

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Crunch

of wrestlers -Lipton, 1970.

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crunch •Romansh •blanch, Blanche, branch, ranch, tranche •avalanche •backbench, bench, blench, clench, Dench, drench, entrench, French, frontbench, quench, stench, tench, trench, wench, wrench •crossbench • workbench •cinch, clinch, finch, flinch, inch, lynch, Minch, pinch, squinch, winch •chaffinch • greenfinch • hawfinch •goldfinch • bullfinch •carte blanche, conch •graunch, haunch, launch, paunch, raunch, staunch •brunch, bunch, crunch, hunch, lunch, munch, punch, scrunch •honeybunch • keypunch

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