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crunch

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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crunchcrunch1 /krʌntΚƒ/ noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 C[singular] a noise like the sound of something being crushed πŸ”Š The only sound was the crunch of tyres on gravel.2 [countable, singular] American EnglishMONEY a difficult situation caused by a lack of something, especially money or time πŸ”Š Three new teachers were hired to help ease the crunch.cash/budget/financial etc crunch πŸ”Š Cost cutting had enabled the organization to survive a previous cash crunch.3 β†’ the crunch4 [countable] an exercise in which you lie on your back and lift your head and shoulders off the ground to make your stomach muscles strong syn sit-up
Examples from the Corpus
crunchβ€’ First though it's rugby and crunch time in the Courage League tomorrow.β€’ At crunch time the team really pulled together.β€’ My footsteps made a satisfactory crunch on a gravel path and I was aware at once that the satyr's footsteps had halted.β€’ Millions of otherwise serviceable computers today are suffering from space crunch.β€’ While that supply crunch has eased, prices are still benefiting to some extent, traders say.β€’ Actually, the crunch did come, and the liberals never lifted a finger to save us.β€’ I heard the crunch of footsteps on gravel road outside.β€’ If it comes to the crunch, going in would seem to me the lesser evil.β€’ There was the crunch of his feet rapidly moving away over the snow and she felt her tense muscles relax.cash/budget/financial etc crunchβ€’ In the short term, next week's budget crunch is more like a toy train crash rather than the real thing.β€’ But until the budget crunches of the early nineties, no administrator ever threatened to fire them.β€’ The cash crunch also prevented the family from fully stocking its remaining stores.β€’ Despite this cash crunch, Simpson may yet find a way to at least postpone payment of his debts to the plaintiffs.
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crunchcrunch2 verb πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 [intransitive]C to make a sound like something being crushed πŸ”Š Their boots crunched loudly on the frozen snow.2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]EAT to eat hard food in a way that makes a noisecrunch on πŸ”Š The dog was crunching on a bone.3 β†’ crunch (the) numbers
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Examples from the Corpus
crunchβ€’ He drank his orange juice and crunched a half burnt piece of toast.β€’ Jill was reading the paper, crunching a raw carrot as she read.β€’ We walked along in silence, the snow crunching beneath our feet.β€’ No, the sound of crunching from the hallway confirmed that Holmes was having a remote control snack.β€’ Kids were crunching graham crackers and drinking juice.β€’ He staggered round the rear of the couch, feet crunching in plaster, and sat down.β€’ The Don Eusebio crunched into the Zamboanga wharf at noon, four hours behind schedule.β€’ She popped a fragment of biscuit into her mouth and crunched it primly with her front teeth.β€’ Miguel, crunching on a mouthful of chips, wiped the cheese from his beard.β€’ The room was lit by a red light from the burning houses behind it as Anne crunched over broken crockery and plaster.β€’ They crunch those numbers with their calculators and spreadsheets.β€’ Broken window glass crunched under foot.
From Longman Business Dictionarycrunchcrunch /krʌntΚƒ/ verb crunch (the) numbersSTATISTICSACCOUNTING to do very complicated calculations on large amounts of DATA (=information stored on a computer) in order to find out about somethingMedia buyers have to know what’s going on, not just how to crunch numbers. β†’ see also cash crunch, credit crunch, supply crunchβ†’ See Verb table
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Verb table
crunch
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycrunch
he, she, itcrunches
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycrunched
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave crunched
he, she, ithas crunched
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad crunched
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill crunch
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have crunched
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam crunching
he, she, itis crunching
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you, we, theyare crunching
Past
I, he, she, itwas crunching
you, we, theywere crunching
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been crunching
he, she, ithas been crunching
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been crunching
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be crunching
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been crunching
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