- 1Deform, pulverize, or force inwards by compressing forcefully: you can crush a pill between two spoons a labourer was crushed to death by a lorry (as adjective crushed) the crushed remains of a Ford CortinaMore example sentences
squash, squeeze, press, compress; pulp, mash, macerate, mangle; flatten, trample on, tread onNorth American • informal smushpulverize, pound, grind, break up, smash, shatter, crumble, crunch, splinter; mill, pestle• technical triturate, comminute• archaic bray, levigate, powderize• rare kibble
- Then I want to pulverize those rocks by crushing each against the other, and that takes every last ounce of power and strength in my soul.
- Paul crushes all of the pills and puts them into his mother's nightly milk.
- As such they could be crushed and ground for use, like peppercorns, as well as pressed to make a juice.
- 1.1Crease or crumple (cloth or paper).More example sentences
- She looked at the crumpled ticket that was crushed in her hand.
- He crushed the paper and threw it across the parking lot.
- She asked, crushing one of the sheets of paper into a ball in frustration.
- 2Violently 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.
- 3Make (someone) feel overwhelmingly disappointed or embarrassed: I was crushed—was I not good enough? (as adjective crushing) the news came as a crushing blowMore example sentences
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 ofNorth American • informal make someone eat crow
- 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.
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- 1 [usually in singular] A crowd of people pressed closely together: 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: 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.
- 4 (also crush pen) A fenced passage with one narrow end, used for handling cattle or sheep.More example sentences
- Alternatively the lambs should be sprayed in the crush pen.
- US • informal Be infatuated with: he’s awesome, so it wasn’t too surprising that other girls were crushing on himMore 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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- 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.