Traditionally, the yakuza have supplied the ruling party with votes, financial aid, and squelching scandal services.
Yeah,” he says finally, squelching his giggles by downing half a bottle of Bud, “that sounds like Ray.
All the rest—the stuff about squelching innovation, and hurting consumers—is just kabuki theater.
A pursuit of half-a-mile over the squelching soil brought him within arm's length, and the wretched man paid the penalty.
And fool not with Elephant Law, which is given to squelching the weak.
The path was clear—he could see it squelching below him, pale in the last wet daylight—but where the devil did it lead?
My felt boots are soaking and squelching, my socks are snuffling.
Could he keep them on, or must he remove those clinging, squelching boots and partially undress again?
And squelching 'umbugs always do give me pertikler pleasure.
Greg pried off his sneakers with his toes and then pulled off his grey, squelching socks.
1620s, "to fall, drop, or stomp on something (soft) with crushing force," possibly imitative of sound made. The figurative sense of "suppress completely" is first recorded 1864.