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number cruncher

1. A person who works primarily with mathematics. We hired Tom to be the company's number cruncher and see if we could save money on our taxes.
2. A computer used to solve complicated mathematical problems. After I finish installing my new RAM, this computer's going to be a real number cruncher.
See also: cruncher, number

number-cruncher

1. n. someone who works with figures; an accountant. The number-crunchers are trying to get the annual report ready.
2. n. a large and powerful computer. (Computers.) They traded in the old computer for a powerful number-cruncher.

number cruncher

Also, number crunching. An individual or machine that calculates and analyzes large amounts of data. Dating from the 1960s, the term originally was applied to a computer, but it soon was transferred to accountants or statisticians. It is sometimes used perjoratively, implying mechanical counting with lack of imagination. Time used it (June 28, 2010): “Attack of the Math Brats. How a generation of number-crunching online upstarts has come to dominate high-stakes professional poker.”
See also: cruncher, number
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Whether they still regard the deal as value for money, only the number-crunchers know.
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The Birmingham Mail commented on how Manchester and London are perceived as being more trendy than Birmingham, adding 'more fool the blinkered number-crunchers who make such decisions'.
Under new rules, the Commission will be able to send in number-crunchers from Eurostat, its statistical office, to vet figures from any member state, subject to strict criteria.
I never cease to be staggered by the blind arrogance of t h e s e u s e l e s s number-crunchers who expect to be rewarded for their part in ruining the UK economy and the lives of millions of ordinary, hardworking people.