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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: crunch

scrunch

verb
     
scrunch [intransitive] informal
C if stones, leaves etc scrunch as you walk on them, they make a noisy sound:
The dry leaves scrunched under our feet.
scrunch noun [singular]
the scrunch of gravel

scrunch something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to crush and twist something into a small round shape:
I scrunched up the letter and threw it in the bin.
2

scrunch up your face/eyes

to move the muscles in your face in a way that makes your eyes seem narrow:
He scrunched up his eyes and grinned.
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