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Definitions of crush

  1. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; " Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; " We beat the competition"; " Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
  2. make ineffective; " Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
  3. the act of crushing
  4. come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; " The government oppresses political activists"
  5. a dense crowd of people
  6. leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
  7. become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; " The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"
  8. break into small pieces; " The car crushed the toy"
  9. crush or bruise; " jam a toe"
  10. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; " crush an aluminum can"; " squeeze a lemon"
  11. humiliate or depress completely; " She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; " The death of her son smashed her"
  12. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass; as, to crush grapes.
  13. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz.
  14. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
  15. To oppress or burden grievously.
  16. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  17. To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily.
  18. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  19. Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a peception.
  20. To press between two opposite bodies; squeeze; break by pressure; as, to crush a mineral; bruise; as, to crush a limb; ruin; quell; conquer; as, to be crushed by despair.
  21. To be pressed out of shape or into smaller compass; as, the dresses have crushed.
  22. A violent compression or collision; a crowd; colloquially, a social gathering.
  23. Crusher.
  24. To break or bruise: to squeeze together: to beat down or over whelm: to subdue: to ruin.
  25. A violent squeezing.
  26. A violent collision; great pressure.
  27. To break by pressure; squeeze together; overwhelm.
  28. To press out of shape; break or be broken by pressure; conquer.
  29. A violent colliding; breaking by violent pressure.
  30. A violent collision which bruises: pressure by a crowd.
  31. To press or squeeze into a mass; to bruise or break by pressure; to overwhelm by power; to subdue: to bruise small.
  32. To lie pressed into a smaller compass by external weight or force.
  33. To press and bruise between two hard bodies; to beat or force down; to subdue; to overwhelm by superior power; to conquer; to be pressed into a smaller compass.
  34. A collision; a violent pressure, as of a crowd.
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Usage examples for crush

  1. Now it would crush me, I know. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  2. " Because you have a crush on him," suggested Billy frankly. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  3. There is but one way,- to crush, to destroy, the power that has done,- that is doing these deeds. – The Red Symbol by John Ironside
  4. Neither would the mountains crush her, nor would the earth take her in. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  5. Evidently he did not dare to crush the door in altogether. – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  6. And do you know that I could crush you with my influence? – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  7. It seems only amusing to us now to read of King George's directions to his minister-" To crush the Czar immediately, to secure his ships, and even to seize his person." – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  8. Regular crush I'll have on you.... – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  9. I'll crush the life out of ye! – Frank Merriwell's Races by Burt L. Standish
  10. But Violet could hardly make the old folks believe what she heard at school about far- off countries and strange animals- snakes large enough to crush a horse and rider in their folds, and fishes so huge that half a dozen people could sit inside of them. – Violet: A Fairy Story by Caroline Snowden Guild
  11. It isn't he who would crush me with his superiority. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  12. Or the last words of the text would crush us into despair- 'I know my sheep, and am known of mine. – The Good News of God by Charles Kingsley
  13. Lindela, in her sleep, must have moved over on to this horror, though not heavily enough to crush it. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  14. These walls may crush me as I stand. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  15. We are going to have a big night: the greatest crush we have had. – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  16. " If it came down," stated Professor Brierly, " it would crush your main building to match- wood." – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  17. Aunt Nancy turned in astonishment, and Chad, who had come in with some dishes, was about to crush him with a look, when the Colonel said, with a sly twinkle in his eye: " What did he do, Jim?" – Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman by F. Hopkinson Smith
  18. This book is essentially the tragedy of a good and honest soul thrown by harsh circumstance into an environment which is bound to crush him. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  19. Under the sudden crush of his hand it shed a rain of tears. – The Mystery of The Barranca by Herman Whitaker
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