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# what does it mean he is crunching the numbers?

giving wrong tax declaration?

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- blankLv 62 months ago
Crunching the numbers is an idiom simply meaning "do the math." Typically taking raw data and crunching (performing calculations) to obtain a result.

It would not be (typically) used to describe giving wrong tax information - that would be another idiom: "cooking the books."

Crunching the numbers is not normally (but could be I suppose) associated with something negative or nefarious.

Cooking the books is always negatively associated - it means one is lying or forcing a desired result.

Hope this helps.

- RPLv 72 months ago
It means reviewing the numbers meticulously to make sure there are no errors, gaps, or omissions.

- busterwasmycatLv 72 months ago
crunching numbers means to perform the required calculations for some purpose. kind of like an adding machine going crunch crunch crunch as you throw the lever with each addition or subtraction or multiplication or whatever.

Adding machines are no longer a thing that gets used much these days. No physical crunching is employed when using calculators. This is a throwback to older technology, much like saying that you dial a phone when you put in a number to call someone. Many of us are still alive who actually did those things and the way we used to say things lives on in us.

- D50Lv 62 months ago
Usually, "crunching the numbers" means to find the exact answer to something by doing a lot of trivial work; like balancing a checkbook.