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scrunch up

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!
See also: scrunch, up

scrunch down

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.
See also: down, scrunch

scrunch down

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.
See also: down, scrunch

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.
See also: down, scrunch

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.
See also: down, scrunch

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.
See also: scrunch, up

scrunch up

v.
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.
See also: scrunch, up

scrunch

(skrəntʃ)
tv. to crush or crunch. I hate crowds. I am afraid people will scrunch me.
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He said his client accepts that he "carelessly" left the child on the changing unit with scrunched up tissue paper within his reach.
Otherwise, the project can appear messy, crumpled, and overly scrunched. Try ruching a sweater at the waistline to create a less blocky and more form-fitting style.
3 : to draw or squeeze together tightly <She scrunched her fists.>
These male reproductive parts become scrunched like springs and gain potential, or stored, energy, explains Laskowski.
And in Corner Push (After Terry Fox, 1970), Collier is turned away from the camera and scrunched into a corner, restaging a gesture of self-diminution.
He scrunched his thick eyebrows and clicked his pen as he repeated that I should be more careful in the future, Which is when I motioned to my domestic partner, a woman, and said, "But there must have been another cause, doctor, as you see I don't sleep with men." Then, as hurriedly as he had entered the room, he shuffled off.
I HAVE MY father's long, skinny toes, and the little ones on the end are all scrunched up against each other.
Last March, after a 15-cent levy was introduced nationwide, plastic-bag requests plummeted 90 percent, (In 2001 an estimated 1.2 billion freebies had been handed over to shoppers.) The fee convinced consumers to dig out those cloth bags scrunched up in the back of the closet or to invest in a few new ones.
Some labels dare you to read their ingredients by using brown-on-brown type or scrunched, all-capital letters, or other graphics that make shoppers hunt and squint to find out what they're eating (see page 10).
Pictured here are 24-Karat Blonde, close levels of blond scrunched; Trillion Blonde, translucent color layers; Bezel Blonde, two crowning colors and Pave Blonde, a soft cluster of color.
Choose ones without holes or tears, and which aren't too dry or scrunched up.
She also told another young fan, with a smile, that it was way past their bedtime and how weird it was to see her own face on a T-shirt, especially all scrunched up.
In fact, they can be scrunched into a ball and will easily un-scrunch and re-apply to your wall, many times over.
Line the chilled pastry with the scrunched paper, and fill with baking beans or coins.