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cruncher

[kruhn-cher] /ˈkrʌn tʃər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that crunches.
2.
Informal. a decisive blow, argument, event, or the like.
Origin of cruncher
1945-1950
1945-50; crunch + -er1
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  • Mr. cruncher came to a stop on the pavement before he answered, "How should I know?"

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Mr. cruncher's temper was not at all improved when he came to his breakfast.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Mr. cruncher's attention was here diverted to the door-keeper, whom he saw making his way to Mr. Lorry, with the note in his hand.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • He resented Mrs. cruncher's saying grace with particular animosity.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Mr. cruncher had by this time taken quite a lunch of rust off his fingers in his following of the evidence.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • "I believe it is something of that sort," said Mr. cruncher.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Unseen by the spy, Mr. cruncher stood at his side, and touched him on the shoulder like a ghostly bailiff.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Mr. cruncher, with some diffidence, explained himself as meaning "Old Nick's."

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The bank closed, the ancient clerks came out, the usual watch was set, and Mr. cruncher and his son went home to tea.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Mr. cruncher came forward sideways, with one of his shoulders in advance of him.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Contemporary definitions for cruncher
noun

a computer used for complex numerical calculations or data processing

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Slang definitions & phrases for cruncher

cruncher

Related Terms

number cruncher

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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