One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Crouch; bend.‘he scrooched forward on his bar stool’
- ‘She scrooches down to the ground, still wearing her soggy shorts and shirt.’
- ‘She scrooches up to me so close at night, there is no possible way she could get any closer.’
- ‘The woman scrooched further down under the covers and pulled them tight around her head.’
Mid 19th century: dialect variant of US scrouge ‘squeeze, crowd’, perhaps reinforced by the verb crouch.
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