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English definition of “crushing”


adjective     /ˈkrʌʃ.ɪŋ/
severe: The news came as a crushing blow. Their army had suffered a crushing defeat.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of crushing adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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