crunch (the) numbers

idiom

: to process numbers : to examine and analyze numbers, especially to determine exactly how much money is available, needed, etc.
When we sat down to crunch the numbers we realized that we couldn't afford a new car.

Examples of crunch (the) numbers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Lovelace recognized that a machine designed to crunch numbers could do much more if the numbers represented other things. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 4 June 2024 Or pulling out a calculator to crunch the numbers in the Woods Center report. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Scientists who work in labs, and have to run experiments or crunch numbers, can famously work long hours. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2024 The good news: What’s important isn’t knowing how to crunch the numbers but asking the right questions and having the right team to deliver answers. Ryan Wong, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 As a result, many of the earliest computer specialists were women—employees of corporations or wartime government agencies whose job was to crunch numbers by hand and to input data into the earliest electronic computer prototypes. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2024 Bureau statisticians have been given only half the time originally planned to crunch the numbers, and Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said last month that agency statisticians had found anomalies in the 2020 data that have popped up in past censuses. Matthew Daly, The Denver Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Crafty folks that crunch the numbers swear the Chargers could still make the postseason. Jay Paris, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Pick your favorite guideline, such as the 4% rule, and crunch the numbers with the help of an online retirement calculator, or consult a financial advisor. Tanza Loudenback, wsj.com, 9 Oct. 2023

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