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Then she heard the crunch of his footsteps in the dry leaves behind the Cabin.

There was the sound of jingling harness and the crunch of runners.

Come here, graze about my head, let me hear you crunch the grass.

Nepcote heard the crunch of their feet on the gravel as they passed.

The crunch of the brougham brought his ceaseless march over the carpet to an end.

In fact he heard nothing from the first crunch of the spade onward.

Every minute I expected to see a streak of fire, or hear the crunch of an ax.

Some big animal—a hound most probably—was gnawing a bone—crunch, crunch, crunch!

We laughed at this dismay, and Gatty said, "yes, I'll crunch their bones like Grumbo the giant."

There was a crunch of breaking bone, and the white dog faced him on three legs.

WORD ORIGIN

1814, from craunch (1630s), probably of imitative origin. Related: Crunched; crunching. The noun is 1836, from the verb; the sense of "critical moment" was popularized 1939 by Winston Churchill, who had used it in his 1938 biography of Marlborough.

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