- 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 crushing
Pro-pipeline Democrats, meanwhile, appeared to be searching desperately for ways to turn a crushing defeat into a moral victory.Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater
November 19, 2014
“[She] said that at one point I was too heavy, that I was crushing her,” Jonas says.Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything
October 8, 2014
But the evidence that the “acting white” charge is about scholastics and not the hang of your pants is too crushing to ignore.No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked
September 4, 2014
Poverty there is as crushing as elsewhere in Central America, but the gang presence is relatively minimal.The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis
July 11, 2014
But the question bears asking: Is a student winding up with a crushing debt burden really a better situation than that one?Did Needs-Blind Admission Create the College Debt Crisis?
July 6, 2014
The mother's manner was a crushing rebuke to the young man for his audacity.
He gloried in his knotted muscles and the crushing power of his desires.
He had leaned back in the chair and gathered his hat close to his breast, crushing it.Way of the Lawless
Yet she did not know that she was crushing out the germ which might have grown in his heart.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The accusing revelation that had come from Crane in the afternoon had been a crushing blow.Thoroughbreds
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- 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 crushing
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 crushing
see have a crush on.