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1. the critical or decisive thing
2. a person or thing that crunches (numbers, bones, etc)


(ˈkrʌn tʃər)

1. a person or thing that crunches.
2. Informal. a decisive blow, argument, event, etc.
References in classic literature ?
His surname was Cruncher, and on the youthful occasion of his renouncing by proxy the works of darkness, in the easterly parish church of Hounsditch, he had received the added appellation of Jerry.
Cruncher himself always spoke of the year of our Lord as Anna Dominoes: apparently under the impression that the Christian era dated from the invention of a popular game, by a lady who had bestowed her name upon it.
Cruncher reposed under a patchwork counterpane, like a Harlequin at home.
Cruncher, varying his apostrophe after missing his mark--"what are you up to, Aggerawayter?
Master Cruncher (who was in his shirt) took this very ill, and, turning to his mother, strongly deprecated any praying away of his personal board.
Cruncher, with unconscious inconsistency, "that the worth of YOUR prayers may be?
Cruncher betook himself to his boot-cleaning and his general preparation for business.
Exceedingly red-eyed and grim, as if he had been up all night at a party which had taken anything but a convivial turn, Jerry Cruncher worried his breakfast rather than ate it, growling over it like any four-footed inmate of a menagerie.
Cruncher was as well known to Fleet-street and the Temple, as the Bar itself,--and was almost as in-looking.
A grave robbing body guard and family man, Cruncher delivers some well needed comic relief.
com)-- CE Cruncher has spent the last year striving to become the most advanced search engine for Chiropractors to find Chiropractic Continuing Education seminars held all over the US and Canada.
AT JUBILEE Blob, Olive Worm, Red Buzzer and Claret Cruncher have been among the better patterns.