- 1Deform, pulverize, or force inwards by compressing forcefully: you can crush a pill between two spoons he was crushed to death by a subway train (as adjective crushed) the crushed remains of a Ford BroncoMore example sentences
- Fences and hedges put up by the council have been torn down, often within 24 hours of being installed, trees have been damaged and rare wildflowers crushed by wheels.
- Remarkably nobody was passing by, no cars were crushed and nothing got damaged apart from one window sill getting chipped.
- He is taken to hospital with massive head injuries and crushed legs which require immediate amputation to save his life.
- 1.1Crease or crumple (cloth or paper): (as adjective crushed) crushed trousers and a crumpled jacket
- 2(Of a government or state) violently subdue (opposition or a rebellion): the government had taken elaborate precautions to crush any resistanceMore example sentences
- The April Uprising was crushed with great cruelty by the Ottoman Army.
- When this news arrived in Paris on the last day of 1791, it seemed to confirm all that Brissot and his allies had been claiming about a league of despots determined to crush the Revolution.
- He was then promoted to governor-general, where he asserted his authority, crushing rebellions and suppressing the slave trade.
- 3Bring about a feeling of overwhelming disappointment or embarrassment in (someone): his defeat crushed a lot of left-wing supporters (as adjective crushing) the news came as a crushing blowMore example sentences
- 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.
- 4 (crush on) US • informal Have a brief but intense infatuation for (someone): the girl I had been crushing on sat next to meMore example sentences
- 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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- 1 [usually in singular] A crowd of people pressed closely together, especially in an enclosed space: a number of youngsters fainted in the crushMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 • informal A brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable or inappropriate: she did have a crush on Dr. RussellMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1A person with whom someone is infatuated: it turns out she thought you were flirting with her crushMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3A drink made from the juice of pressed fruit: lemon crushMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.