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1    compress, crush, distort, flatten, mash, pound, press, pulp, smash, stamp on, trample down  
2    annihilate, crush, humiliate, put down     (slang)   put (someone) in his (or her) place, quash, quell, silence, sit on     (informal)   suppress  
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  ( squashes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( squashing    present participle)   ( squashed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone or something is squashed, they are pressed or crushed with such force that they become injured or lose their shape.  
Robert was lucky to escape with just a broken foot after being squashed against a fence by a car...      be V-ed prep  
Whole neighbourhoods have been squashed flat by shelling...      be V-ed adj  
She made clay models and squashed them flat again.      V n adj  
2       adj   If people or things are squashed into a place, they are put or pushed into a place where there is not enough room for them to be.  
v-link ADJ into n   (=cram)  
The stage is squashed into a small corner of the field.     
3       n-sing   If you say that getting a number of people into a small space is a squash, you mean that it is only just possible for them all to get into it.  
INFORMAL   a N   (=squeeze)  
It all looked a bit of a squash as they squeezed inside the small hatchback.     
4       verb   If you squash something that is causing you trouble, you put a stop to it, often by force.  
The troops would stay in position to squash the first murmur of trouble.      V n  
5       n-uncount   Squash is a game in which two players hit a small rubber ball against the walls of a court using rackets.  
6       n-mass   Squash is a drink made from fruit juice, sugar, and water. Squash is sold in bottles in a concentrated form to which you add water.  
  (BRIT)   (=cordial)  
...a glass of orange squash.     
7       n-var   A squash is one of a family of vegetables that have thick skin and soft or firm flesh inside.  

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squashy, squeamish, squad, square

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