- to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms.
- to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc.
- to force out by pressing or squeezing; extract: to crush cottonseeds in order to produce oil.
- to rumple; wrinkle; crease.
- to smooth or flatten by pressure: to crush leather.
- to hug or embrace forcibly or strongly: He crushed her in his arms.
- to destroy, subdue, or suppress utterly: to crush a revolt.
- to overwhelm with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation, as by argumentation or a slighting action or remark; squelch.
- to oppress grievously.
- Archaic. to finish drinking (wine, ale, etc.).
- to become crushed.
- to advance with crushing; press or crowd forcibly.
- the act of crushing; state of being crushed.
- a great crowd: a crush of shoppers.
- an intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
- the object of such an infatuation: Who is your latest crush?
Origin of crush
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Examples from the Web for crushed
The train was already in motion as she tried to step inside, and her body was crushed beneath it.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
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Tank Battle Jeep Guard Crush -- some editorial changes and the removal of all blood when the guards are crushed by the tank.Sony Emails Show How the Studio Plans to Censor Kim Jong Un Assassination Comedy ‘The Interview’
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With Marshal at his side, Richard crushed Philip and his armies.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
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Once a girl's self-esteem is crushed, the effects are far reaching and long lasting.To End HIV, Stop Violence Against Adolescent Girls
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A couple hundred years ago, of course, the church or state could have just crushed such a heterodox movement.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico
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They stood together by the crushed ring where Mimi had made his bed.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
No grains are crushed or damaged by the feet or shovels of workmen.
There was the dreary monotone of crushed hope in Porter's voice as he spoke.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
She comprehended only too well that it was not that alone which had crushed her.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
To be crushed, as it were, under the tip of a forefinger was an unpleasant experience.The Secret Agent
- to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc
- to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles
- to put down or subdue, esp by forceto crush a rebellion
- to extract (juice, water, etc) by pressingto crush the juice from a lemon
- to oppress harshly
- to hug or clasp tightlyhe crushed her to him
- to defeat or humiliate utterly, as in argument or by a cruel remark
- (intr) to crowd; throng
- (intr) to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
- a dense crowd, esp at a social occasion
- the act of crushing; pressure
- a drink or pulp prepared by or as if by crushing fruitorange crush
- an infatuationshe had a crush on him
- the person with whom one is infatuated
- vet science a construction designed to confine and limit the movement of an animal, esp a large or dangerous animal, for examination or to perform a procedure on it
Word Origin and History for crushed
mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frankish *krostjan "to gnash" (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta "to gnash"). Figurative sense of "to humiliate, demoralize" is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare "to crack" are Germanic loan-words.
1590s, "act of crushing," from crush (v.). Meaning "thick crowd" is from 1806. Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.
Idioms and Phrases with crushed
see have a crush on.