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squelch

[ skwelch ]
/ skwɛltʃ /
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verb (used with object)

to strike or press with crushing force; crush down; squash.
to put down, suppress, or silence, as with a crushing retort or argument.

verb (used without object)

to make a splashing sound.
to tread heavily in water, mud, wet shoes, etc., with such a sound.

noun

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Origin of squelch

1610–20; variant of quelch in same sense (perhaps blend of quell and quash); initial s perhaps from squash1
squelcher, nounsquelch·ing·ly, adverbsquelch·ing·ness, nounun·squelched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squelch

squelch
/ (skwɛltʃ) /

verb

noun

squelcher, nounsquelching, adjectivesquelchy, adjective
C17: of imitative origin
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