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English definition of “squelch”

squelch

verb (STOP)    /skweltʃ/
[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 .Causing something to endComing to an end [T] US to silence someone by criticizing them: The senator thoroughly squelched the journalist who tried to interrupt him during his speech .Interrupting and preventing from speaking
(Definition of squelch verb (STOP) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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