Definition of crush in English:


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Pronunciation: /krʌʃ


[with object]
  • 3Make (someone) feel overwhelmingly disappointed or embarrassed: I was crushed—was I not good enough? (as adjective crushing) the news came as a crushing blow
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    • No angry parents or humiliating, embarrassing friends or disappointed, crushed twin sister.
    • But far from crushing him, the defeat tempered him and set him on course for the island's highest job.
    • With the pressure off and with nothing to lose he pulled off a great win which sent the French crowd home in almost as much shock as 12 months ago, after that crushing Davis Cup defeat.
    mortify, humiliate, abash, chagrin, deflate, demoralize, flatten, squash; devastate, shatter
    informal put down, shoot down in flames, take down a peg or two, cut down to size, put someone in their place, make someone eat humble pie, settle someone's hash, knock the stuffing out of
    North American informal make someone eat crow


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  • 1 [usually in singular] A crowd of people pressed closely together: a number of youngsters fainted in the crush
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    • Sadly, most people were caught in a mobile crush as crowds massed from one possible vantage point to another in search of York's secret firework display.
    • The news spread fast and the crowds became a crush within a few hours.
    • He stood on a banked terrace, leaning back against one of the stone walls which he supposed had been built to retain the crush of the crowd.
    crowd, throng, horde, swarm, sea, mass, pack, press, multitude, mob; huddle; jam, congestion
    archaic rout
  • 2 informal A brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable: she did have a crush on Dr Russell
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    • Realizing that you're starting to have a crush on a friend can produce a whole new set of fears and considerations.
    • Or, worse yet, as Nadda feared she might end up having to ask, how can you casually ask a person if they might have a crush on their best friend?
    • I have a crush on a friend who is very near and dear to me.
    infatuation, obsession, love, passion, passing fancy
    informal pash, puppy love, calf love
    rare mash
  • 2.1A person with whom someone is infatuated: it turns out she thought you were flirting with her crush
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    • The next time your BFF’s crush is talking to you while ignoring her, be polite but don’t do anything your BFF can translate as you flirting with him.
    • As I wandered up the alley by the football ground I almost literally bumped into one of my old crushes.
    • He was her first teen crush, the first (and only) "teenage heartthrob" that had ever adorned her bedroom wall.
  • 3 [mass noun] A drink made from the juice of pressed fruit: lemon crush
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    • Pour some orange and raspberry crush juice into lolly moulds.
    • Garvie's had bitter lemon crush, super bitter lemon crush and lemon crush.
    • I'll have a double espresso and a mango and passion fruit crush, please.
    squash, fruit juice, cordial, drink
  • 4 (also crush pen) A fenced passage with one narrow end, used for handling cattle or sheep.
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    • Alternatively the lambs should be sprayed in the crush pen.

Phrasal verbs

crush on

US informal Be infatuated with: he’s awesome, so it wasn’t too surprising that other girls were crushing on him
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  • David, their 12-year-old neighbor, has developed an innocent crush on the older sister.
  • Darcy was pre-eminently the sort of guy shy girls would have crushes on.
  • For years, Elaine had harbored a secret schoolgirl's crush on George.



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  • The car has been given a safety make-over, too, with crushable zones designed to absorb a collision in a controlled way and keeping the car's occupants safer, while side impact beams are fitted in the front and back doors.
  • These flowers combine every virtue, the portentous groan of brass, the blackish sheen of crimson: to the eye, the crushable texture of velvet, but to the fingertip, the bruise of baby skin.
  • Pedestrian safety has not been overlooked either: with the bonnet, engine cowl and front bumper having a crushable design.


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  • Mr Scott said his company needed to erect and build mills and crushers and other necessary equipment in readiness for the processing exercise.
  • Rock samples were pulverized using a heavy-duty hydraulic rock splitter, jaw crusher and swing mill.
  • This includes new storages, crushers, refineries and associated infrastructure.


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  • By now, everyone is media-savvy enough to know that these kind of shows are made in the editing - how crushingly boring they would be without the benefit of music, juxtapositions and constructed tension.
  • It eloquently exalts choice and then falls crushingly silent concerning what actions and ends are choiceworthy, leaving it perilously close to teaching that the choice is all.
  • Actually, the reason I overlooked you is because the leader/letters page that you nestle beneath is stuffed full of crushingly boring earnest sentiment, but that's neither here nor there.


Middle English: from Old French cruissir, 'gnash (teeth) or crack', of unknown origin.

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