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squash

verb uk   /skwɒʃ/ us    /skwɑːʃ/

squash verb (MAKE FLAT)

B2 [T] to crush something into a flat shape: He accidentally sat on her hat and squashed it.
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squash verb (PUSH)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to push yourself, a person, or thing into a small space: The room was so full you couldn't squash another person in. If you all squashed up (= moved closer together), we could fit an extra person in the car. He tried to squash his ripped jeans into the suitcase while his mother wasn't looking.

squash verb (END)

[T] to stop something from continuing to exist or happen, by forceful action: Rumours of a possible takeover of the company were soon squashed by the management.

squash

noun uk   /skwɒʃ/ us    /skwɑːʃ/

squash noun (PUSH)

[S] a situation when there is not much room: There are over two hundred people coming to the party so it might be a bit of a squash.

squash noun (SPORT)

B1 [U] a game played between two or four people on a special closed playing area that involves hitting a small rubber ball against a wall

squash noun (DRINK)

[U] UK a drink made from fruit juice, water, and sugar or sweetener

squash noun (VEGETABLE)

[C or U] ( plural squash or squashes) a type of large vegetable with a hard skin and a lot of seeds at its centre
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