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noun British English pronunciation: crunch /krʌntʃ/ 
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pluralcrunches

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  1. 2

    the crunch

    informal the time when something important or difficult happens or must be decided
    if/when it comes to the crunch:

    If it comes to the crunch, can I rely on you to support me?

    1. a.
      [only before noun] extremely important, usually because of having a major effect on the result of a situation

      a crunch match

      crunch time:

      July 1 is crunch time for us.

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    [countable] [usually singular] mainly American informal a situation that is very difficult because you do not have enough of something, especially time or money

    a credit/budget crunch

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