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squelch

verb uk   /skweltʃ/ us  

squelch verb (SOUND)

[I usually + adv/prep] to make a sucking sound like the one produced when you are walking on soft, wet ground: He got out of the car and squelched through the mud to open the gate.

squelch verb (STOP)

[T] US to quickly end something that is causing you problems: A spokeswoman at the White House has squelched rumors about the president's ill health. [T] US to silence someone by criticizing them: The senator thoroughly squelched the journalist who tried to interrupt him during his speech.

squelch

noun [C usually singular] uk   /skweltʃ/ us  
a sucking sound like the one produced when you are walking on soft, wet ground: As the hikers walked down the path by the house, she could hear the squelch of their boots in the mud.
squelchy
adjective uk   /ˈskwel.tʃi/ us  
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