- n the sound of something crunching
he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path
- n a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources)
an end-of-the year crunch
a financial crunch
- n the act of crushing
- v make a crushing noise
his shoes were crunching on the gravel
- v press or grind with a crushing noise
- v chew noisily
The children crunched the celery sticks
- v reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
- But as the economy soured and the subprime credit crunch began expanding into other credit areas over the past year, CDS investors became jittery.
- Brooks Kraft Corbis for PTI Is there a credit crunch ? Was there ever? Those questions may seem absurd.
- Alistair Darling in Times Online
Mr Darling said: "The global credit crunch and sharp rises in world oil prices have pushed up prices at the pump. Today's decision will help motorists and businesses get through what is a difficult time for everyone."
- John Galliano in International Herald Tribune
My job is to make women dream,Christian Dior designer John Galliano told The Associated Press. "Of course I'm aware of the credit crunch, but it is not a creative crunch - not at the house of Dior, anyway."