MEANING: verb intr.: To crouch or huddle.
verb tr.: To squeeze.

ETYMOLOGY: A dialect variant scrouge (to squeeze or crowd), perhaps influenced by crouch. Earliest documented use: 1844.

SHROOCH - when the catch-of-the-day was Haddock, instead of Cod (cf. scrod/shrod)

SACRO-OCH - said by a Scotsman with a pain shooting down his leg

SCROOGH - he who said "Bah, 'umbug"

[not "scrunch" ?]