squash


squash
[[t]skwɒ̱ʃ[/t]]
squashes, squashing, squashed
1) VERB If someone or something is squashed, they are pressed or crushed with such force that they become injured or lose their shape.

[be V-ed prep] Robert was lucky to escape with just a broken foot after being squashed against a fence by a car...

[be V-ed adj] Whole neighbourhoods have been squashed flat by shelling...

[V n adj] She made clay models and squashed them flat again. [Also V n]

2) ADJ: v-link ADJ into n 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.

There were 2000 people squashed into her recent show...

The stage is squashed into a small corner of the field.

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3) N-SING: a N 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]

It all looked a bit of a squash as they squeezed inside the small hatchback.

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4) VERB If you squash something that is causing you trouble, you put a stop to it, often by force.

[V n] The troops would stay in position to squash the first murmur of trouble.

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]

...a glass of orange squash.

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7) N-VAR A squash is one of a family of vegetables that have thick skin and soft or firm flesh inside.

English dictionary. 2008.

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