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"crush" in British English

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crushverb

uk   us   /krʌʃ/
  • crush verb (PRESS)

C2 [T] to ​press something very hard so that it is ​broken or ​itsshape is ​destroyed: The ​package had been ​badly crushed in the ​post. Add three ​cloves of crushed ​garlic. His ​arm was ​badly crushed in the ​caraccident. [T] mainly UK to ​presspaper or ​cloth so that it ​becomesfull of ​folds and is no ​longerflat: My ​dress got all crushed in my ​suitcase. [T] If ​people are crushed against other ​people or things, they are ​pressed against them: Tragedy ​struck when several ​people were crushed to ​death in the ​crowd.

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crushnoun

uk   us   /krʌʃ/
(Definition of crush from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crushverb [T]

 us   /krʌʃ/
  • crush verb [T] (PRESS)

to ​press something very hard so that it is ​broken or ​itsshape is ​destroyed: The ​package got crushed in the ​mail. Her ​car was crushed by a ​fallingtree.
  • crush verb [T] (SHOCK)

to ​upset or ​shock someone ​badly: I was crushed because I didn't ​complete the ​race.
  • crush verb [T] (DESTROY)

to ​defeat someone ​completely: They'll ​stop at nothing to crush the ​opposition.

crushnoun

 us   /krʌʃ/
  • crush noun (ATTRACTION)

[C] infml a ​strong but ​temporaryattraction for someone: She had a crush on Matthew in sixth ​grade.
  • crush noun (PRESS)

[U] a ​crowd of ​people: I can’t ​stand the crush of ​holiday shoppers at the ​mall.
(Definition of crush from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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