scrunch

[skruhnch, skroonch]
verb (used with object)
1.
to crunch, crush, or crumple.
2.
to contract; squeeze together: I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door.
verb (used without object)
3.
to squat or hunker (often followed by down ).
noun
4.
the act or sound of scrunching.

Origin:
1815–25; perhaps expressive variant of crunch

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scrunch (skrʌntʃ)
 
vb
1.  to crumple, crush, or crunch or to be crumpled, crushed, or crunched
 
n
2.  the act or sound of scrunching
 
[C19: variant of crunch]

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scrunch
1825, "to bite," intensive form of crunch. Meaning "to squeeze" is recorded from 1884.
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Example sentences
Then scrunch the bundles to loosen the dry leaves from the stalks.
For a random pattern, twist and scrunch the fabric, using rubber bands to hold
  the t-shirt in that position.
Ginny's angry face seemed to scrunch up into a single point that jabbed at the
  fragile bubble of my lie.
These are pictograms that use bright blotches of color to show how the mouth
  moves, the eyes squint, and the cheeks scrunch.
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