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crunch (the) numbers

To compile, calculate, and/or analyze a large amount of numerical data, especially as relates to finance. We've been crunching the numbers for hours, and I just don't see how we'll be able to afford another child! This new computer crunches numbers faster than any of us could even dream of!
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crunch numbers

Perform numerous calculations or process a large amount of numerical data. For example, Preparing John's presentation to the Federal Reserve Board required many hours of crunching numbers . This term originated with the computer age and indeed still applies mostly to the operations of computers. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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crunch numbers

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crunch the numbers

If you crunch numbers or crunch the numbers, you do calculations with numbers. The computer crunched numbers for a month to calculate how each of 100,000 stars moves over time. They don't have enough analysts to crunch the numbers. Note: The activity of doing this is called number crunching. Now the number crunching begins and deals will be made.
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If you are itching to crunch some numbers and extrapolate key information from those mounds of data strewn across your Excel spreadsheets and piled within an Oracle database or Google Docs, IBM is launching a new tool that just might zero in on your needs--whether you're a company bigwig or not.
To find the solution, Deloitte executives Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed decided to crunch some numbers.
The meeting will crunch some numbers for the agency's 2010 budget.
Then next week we will sit down, crunch some numbers and see how we could best recoup those losses," adding that it will "seriously consider" action against airports operator BAA, which said in a statement that because Heathrow already is well over capacity, "the scale and suddenness of the measures imposed last week could not be managed without significant disruption.
If you are going to use Excel to crunch some numbers it better be able to shake hands with your primary administration software, something, that in our experience, does not occur as often as it should.
But for those who can remain objective, the next few years could be an ideal time to collect data and crunch some numbers.