squash


squash
squash1 [skwɔʃ US skwa:ʃ, skwo:ʃ] v
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1¦(press)¦
2¦(small space)¦
3¦(stop something)¦
4¦(control emotion)¦
Phrasal verbs
 squash up
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[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.
4.) ¦(CONTROL EMOTION)¦ [T]
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
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1¦(sport)¦
2 it's a squash
3¦(vegetable)¦
4¦(drink)¦
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[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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