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A time or state of affairs requiring prompt or decisive action
“… a player who's always good in a crunch, like when we need a goal to win the soccer match.”
A crucial point or situation, typically one at which a decision with important consequences must be made
“But surely in taking a position on crunch issues of key importance, the first loyalty of a Member of Parliament should always be to their electorate?”
A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number
“… a severe energy crunch that resulted in long lines at the gas pumps.”
To bite or chew with a noisy crushing sound
“These substantial and curiously ugly animals use their bony foreheads to smash off great lumps of coral before they crunch it up with massive front teeth.”
To press or strike against or together so as to make a scraping sound
“I could hear the bicycle gears crunch as I shifted the derailleur.”
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