Crush



[kruhsh] /krʌʃ/

verb (used with object)
1.
to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms.
2.
to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc.
3.
to force out by pressing or squeezing; extract:
to crush cottonseeds in order to produce oil.
4.
to rumple; wrinkle; crease.
5.
to smooth or flatten by pressure:
to crush leather.
6.
to hug or embrace forcibly or strongly:
He crushed her in his arms.
7.
to destroy, subdue, or suppress utterly:
to crush a revolt.
8.
to overwhelm with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation, as by argumentation or a slighting action or remark; squelch.
9.
to oppress grievously.
10.
Archaic. to finish drinking (wine, ale, etc.).
verb (used without object)
11.
to become crushed.
12.
to advance with crushing; press or crowd forcibly.
noun
13.
the act of crushing; state of being crushed.
14.
a great crowd:
a crush of shoppers.
15.
Informal.

/krʌʃ/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc
2.
to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles
3.
to put down or subdue, esp by force: to crush a rebellion
4.
to extract (juice, water, etc) by pressing: to crush the juice from a lemon
5.
to oppress harshly
6.
to hug or clasp tightly: he crushed her to him
7.
to defeat or humiliate utterly, as in argument or by a cruel remark
8.
(intransitive) to crowd; throng
9.
(intransitive) to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
noun
10.
a dense crowd, esp at a social occasion
11.
the act of crushing; pressure
12.
a drink or pulp prepared by or as if by crushing fruit: orange crush
13.
(informal)

/krʌʃ/
noun
1.
(vet science) a construction designed to confine and limit the movement of an animal, esp a large or dangerous animal, for examination or to perform a procedure on it
v.

mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir “to gnash (teeth), crash, break,” perhaps from Frankish *krostjan “to gnash” (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta “to gnash”). Figurative sense of “to humiliate, demoralize” is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare “to crack” are Germanic loan-words.
n.

1590s, “act of crushing,” from crush (v.). Meaning “thick crowd” is from 1806. Sense of “person one is infatuated with” is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.

noun

verb

To humiliate someone; reduce someone to helpless dismay: Her snub crushed me (1610+)

Related Terms

have a crush on someone, orange crush
see: have a crush on

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