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verb [transitive] formal quash pronunciation in British English /kwɒʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyquash
he/she/itquashes
present participlequashing
past tensequashed
past participlequashed
  1. 1
    to use force or violence to stop the political action taken by a group of people
    The army would be brought in swiftly to quash any rebellion.
  2. 2
    to stop something from continuing
    They acted quickly to the quash rumours.
  3. 3
    to say officially that a decision taken by another court was wrong and no longer has legal force
    His conviction for murder was quashed in the Court of Appeal.

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