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1. To crouch or huddle into a small, cramped position. We all scrunched down so that the guards wouldn't be able to see us. Would the people in the front row mind scrunching down in their seats so the people in back can see better, please?
2. To squeeze, crush, or crumple something into a smaller shape, size, or space. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrunch" and "down"; often followed by "into (something)." I scrunched the note down into a ball and tossed it across the room to Jake. I had to scrunch my suit down into the case in order for it close shut.
1. To crouch or huddle into a small, cramped position. We all scrunched up so that the guards wouldn't be able to see us. Would the people in the front row mind scrunching up in their seats so the people in back can see better, please?
2. To squeeze, crush, or crumple something into a smaller shape, size, or space. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrunch" and "up"; often followed by "into (something)." I scrunched the note up into a ball and tossed it across the room to Jake. Don't scrunch the newspaper up like that—it makes it hard to read!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to squeeze or huddle down into a smaller shape. Mary scrunched down, trying to hide behind the chair. The children scrunched down so they wouldn't be seen.
scrunch down into something
to squeeze down into a small area or container. Fred scrunched down into his seat, hoping no one would see him there. Don't scrunch down into your seat. It's bad for your posture.
scrunch something down(into something)
1. to squeeze something into a smaller size or shape. He scrunched the wad of paper down into a hard ball. Liz scrunched down the cloth into a pad for the hot pan. Scrunch the boxes down before you throw them away.
2. to pack something tightly into something. Dave scrunched his clothing down into the drawer and closed it. Dave scrunched down his clothing into the suitcase.
scrunch something up
to crush or crunch up. I pounded the biscuits and scrunched them up into crumbs. He scrunched up the note and threw it upon the fire.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To crumple or squeeze something: She scrunched up her nose like she was going to sneeze. I scrunched my gloves up and put them in my pocket.
2. To assume a crouched or cramped posture: The dog scrunched up in the corner to keep warm.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
tv. to crush or crunch. I hate crowds. I am afraid people will scrunch me.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.