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verb squash pronunciation in British English /skwɒʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesquashing
past tensesquashed
past participlesquashed
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  1. 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.
  2. 3
    [transitive] to prevent something from happening or developing
    She tried hard to squash the feeling of fear that was growing inside her.
    1. a.
      to defeat someone or something
      Their objections were quickly squashed.


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