verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
- the object of such an infatuation: Who is your latest crush?
Origin of crush
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|Ben Jacobs|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“[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|Kevin Fallon|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|John McWhorter|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has been a short and often brutal life for Iraq, marked by imperial conquest, war, and crushing despotism.
Never knew there was such a place,' Gillingham put in with crushing emphasis.Blood Royal|Grant Allen
A buzzing noise came from one of the apartments, as though a thousand hands were crushing silk paper between the fingers.Crimes of Charity|Konrad Bercovici
The same is true of any crushing blow of fortune, precisely in so far as it crushes.The Sources Of Religious Insight|Josiah Royce
Between them, Austria and Russia have succeeded in crushing the Sultan's ambition for the present.
Another feeling took its place—the crushing sense of his impotence.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
British Dictionary definitions for crushing (1 of 2)
verb (mainly tr)
- an infatuationshe had a crush on him
- the person with whom one is infatuated
Derived Formscrushable, adjectivecrushability, nouncrusher, noun
Word Origin for crush
British Dictionary definitions for crushing (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with crushing
see have a crush on.