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Definition of squash verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//skwɔʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squash
    he / she / it squashes
    past simple squashed
    -ing form squashing
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  1. 1[transitive] to press something so that it becomes soft, damaged, or flat, or changes shape squash something/somebody The tomatoes at the bottom of the bag had been squashed. Move up—you're squashing me! squash something against something He squashed his nose against the window. squash something + adj. Squash your cans flat before recycling.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to push someone or something or yourself into a space that is too small + adv./prep. We all squashed into the back of the car. squash somebody/something + adv./prep. How many people are they going to try and squash into this bus? She was squashed between the door and the table. There were dozens of us in the room, squashed together like sardines.
  3. 3[transitive] squash something to stop something from continuing; to destroy something because it is a problem for you synonym quash to squash a plan/an idea/a revolt If parents don't answer children's questions, their natural curiosity will be squashed. The statement was an attempt to squash the rumors.
  4. Phrasal Verbssquash up (against somebody/something)
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