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verb     squash pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlesquashing
past tensesquashed
past participlesquashed
  1. 1
    [transitive] to damage something by pressing or crushing it and making it lose its normal shape
  2. 2
    [transitive] to push someone or something so that they fit into a small space

    She was squashing some clothes into a case.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to fit into a small space

      I squashed in beside her.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to prevent something from happening or developing

    She tried hard to squash the feeling of fear that was growing inside her.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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