Meaning of “squash” in the English Dictionary

"squash" in British English

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squashverb

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.

More examples

  • My sandwiches had got squashed at the bottom of my bag.
  • She'd sat on her orange and squashed it.
  • The fruit had got squashed under the weight of all the other food.
  • One of the other kids had squashed her model and she was very upset.

squashnoun

uk /skwɒʃ/ us /skwɑːʃ/

(Definition of “squash” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"squash" in American English

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squashnoun

us /skwɑʃ, skwɔʃ/

squash noun (VEGETABLE)

[ C/U ] plural squash or squashes a vegetable with a hard skin and many seeds at its center

squash noun (SPORT)

[ U ] a game played in an enclosed playing area between two or four people who use rackets (= tightly fixed nets in frames attached to long handles) to hit a hard rubber ball against a wall

squashverb

us /skwɑʃ, skwɔʃ/

squash verb (CRUSH)

[ T ] to press down or crush something so that it becomes flat:

Kate squashed the paper cup and dropped it into the trash can.

[ T ] If you squash a plan or idea, you stop it completely and suddenly:

Republican leaders will probably try to squash the tax cut.

squash verb (PUSH)

[ I/T ] to push a person or thing into a small space:

[ T ] Four of us were squashed into the back seat of his car.

(Definition of “squash” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)