the crunch


: a very difficult point or situation
The crunch came when the computer stopped working.

Examples of the crunch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drivers looking to avoid the crunch of cars should leave before 11 a.m. or after 8 p.m. on those days. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 22 May 2024 The petite golden squares have the crunch of a tater tot with a soft, gnocchi-like center that’s as silky as Robuchon’s pommes purée. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2024 During a mostly silent 1.5-mile march to the tower — talking was prohibited — the loudest noises were the crunch of frost beneath boots and the swish of camo fatigues against heavy packs. Sarah Diamond Christopher Lee, New York Times, 27 May 2024 Beet, Blackberry Buckwheat Salad A gorgeous dish for a summer table—the nutty flavors of the buckwheat paired with the crunch of the hazelnuts give the salad an extra punch alongside the creamy labneh and roasted beets. 2 of 3Excerpted from ‘The Side Gardener’ by Rosie Daykin. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 23 May 2024 Haggling over the ballooning budget deficit is the most contentious issue facing lawmakers in the crunch time of this year’s 90-day session. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 22 Mar. 2024 Primary Health said its staff is feeling the crunch as well. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 21 May 2024 The only sounds were the deep steady blows of orca breath, the clicks and whistles of killer whale language, the crunch of several tons of marine mammal — the boat weighed about the same as one adult male — against their rudder. Tomas Weber, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2024 The vague vanilla flavor is inoffensive and the crunch sublime. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 25 Apr. 2024

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“The crunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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