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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.