squash1 [skwɔʃ US skwa:ʃ, skwo:ʃ] v
2¦(small space)¦
3¦(stop something)¦
4¦(control emotion)¦
Phrasal verbs
 squash up
[Date: 1500-1600; : Old French; Origin: esquasser, from Latin quassare 'to shake']
1.) ¦(PRESS)¦ [T]
to press something into a flatter shape, often breaking or damaging it
= ↑flatten
The cake got a bit squashed on the way here.
squash sth down
Her hair had been squashed down by her hat.
Move over - you're squashing me.
2.) ¦(SMALL SPACE)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to push yourself or something else into a space that is too small
= ↑squeeze squash into
Seven of us squashed into the car.
squash sth in
We can probably squash another couple of things in.
3.) ¦(STOP SOMETHING)¦ [T] informal
to use your power or authority to stop something
= ↑quash
Her suggestions were always squashed.
squash rumours/hopes/reports etc
(=say that a rumour etc is not true)
The government was quick to squash any hopes of reform.
to control or ignore an emotion
She felt anger rising but quickly squashed it.
squash up phr v
to move closer together or closer to something, especially in order to make room for someone or something else
squash up against
The others squashed up against Jo.
squash 2
squash2 n
2 it's a squash
[Sense: 1-2,4; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: SQUASH1(in sense 1, because of the softness of the ball)]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1600-1700; : Natick; Origin: and Narragansett askutasquash]
1.) ¦(SPORT)¦[U]
a game played by two people who use ↑rackets to hit a small rubber ball against the walls of a square court
a squash court
2.) it's a squash
BrE spoken used to say that there is not enough space for everyone to fit in comfortably
3.) ¦(VEGETABLE)¦ [U and C]
one of a group of large vegetables with solid flesh and hard skins, such as ↑pumpkins
4.) ¦(DRINK)¦[U]
BrE a drink made from fruit juice, sugar, and water
a glass of orange squash

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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