verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of squelch
Examples from the Web for squelch
Even so, AEI is mostly a bystander as Republicans fight among themselves to squelch the Tea Party grassroots.
Attempting to squelch political speech by calling it hate speech only makes Israel look weaker.
Yes, the party wants to squelch cultural expressions that threaten its own continuity and survival.
In attempting to squelch the protests, government forces killed six people on March 18 and more four days later.
But she has done her darnedest to squelch rumors that she is interested in running.
A boy with a fifteen-and-sixpenny toy revolver you can laugh at and squelch; but, Alamachtig!The Dop Doctor|Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Before I got wind of them, they had gone so far it was almost impossible to squelch them.A Book of Burlesques|H. L. Mencken
I bent sharply forward to draw it out again, there was the beginning of a squelch and then it suddenly slid out of the boot.Combed Out|Fritz August Voigt
Wellington felt called upon to squelch him: "You Englishmen never had a real tub till we Americans sold 'em to you."Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes
I don't think that you can discover that Douglas ever talked of going to Virginia to "squelch" out that idea there.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Five|Abraham Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for squelch
Word Origin for squelch
Word Origin and History for squelch
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.