“But at the same time, we just haven’t seen much new investment by landlords in rented housing. And that’s creating a real crunch in availability.”
Yet, he also was known to demand a relentless work schedule in crunch times.
Avoiding this last-minute crunch could be the budget-savvy way to plan this year.
reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
When you crunch something, you grind it into tiny pieces, often with your teeth. You can also crunch whole spices into smaller bits with a mortar and pestle.
A horse might crunch an apple, and on a summer day you might drink a glass of iced tea and crunch the ice between your teeth. You could also describe the sound of gravel underneath the wheels of a car or feet walking in fresh snow as a crunch. A figurative crunch is a deadline or crisis: “When it came to the crunch, I just voted for the person who would do the least harm.”
There was crunching, there was blood, there were horrible screams.
—The Maze Runner by James Dashner
“Owing to our car not having made a trip,” Gronau said, “the trunnions stuck slightly in their bearings and a crunching noise resulted, which in the condition of our nerves was not pleasant to hear.”
—The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Instead I watched Ruth May crunch thoughtfully on a caterpillar.
—The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
crunch (v.)1814, “crush with the teeth,” a variant of craunch (1630s), which probably is of imitative origin. Meaning “act or proceed with a sound of crunching” is by 1849. Related: Crunched; crunching.The noun is 1836, “an act of crunching,” from the verb; the sense of “critical moment” was popularized 1939 by Winston Churchill, who had used it in his 1938 biography of Marlborough.Related entries & more
crunch (v.)1814，“用牙齿压碎”，craunch (1630s) 的变体，可能是模仿起源。到 1849 年，意思是“发出嘎吱嘎吱的声音来行动或进行”。嘎吱嘎吱。名词是1836，“嘎吱嘎吱的动作”，来自动词； “关键时刻”的含义在 1939 年由温斯顿·丘吉尔 (Winston Churchill) 普及，他在 1938 年的马尔堡传记中使用了它。相关条目及更多
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