Definition of quash in English:



  • 1 Reject as invalid, especially by legal procedure.

    ‘his conviction was quashed on appeal’
    • ‘The appellant applied for judicial review to quash this decision.’
    • ‘In Mazo the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction and stated that a person cannot be guilty of theft of property received as a valid gift.’
    • ‘That is so, in the same way that if after a verdict of guilty an appellate court concludes that the conviction is unsafe and unsatisfactory it quashes the jury's verdict.’
    • ‘Secondly, the expert evidence which persuaded the Court of Appeal to quash the murder conviction and substitute manslaughter had not been before the jury.’
    • ‘Application was made for leave to move for judicial review to quash this decision, but leave was refused.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction and ordered a new trial.’
    • ‘In May 2005, an appeal by the officers resulted in the High Court quashing the unlawful killing verdict.’
    • ‘Gabrielson Granger J. issued Certiorari quashing an order of estreatment where the nature of the default was simply stated to be ‘Fail to Comply’.’
    • ‘For the reasons set out in the judgment which is handed down we allow this appeal and quash the conviction.’
    • ‘Most of the cases had been put on hold pending last month's ruling by the Supreme Court which reversed an earlier High Court judgement by quashing the convictions of seven people found guilty of drink-driving offences.’
    • ‘Three judges will then decide to either quash the conviction, reject the appeal or order a retrial.’
    • ‘In this case Kennedy was distinguished and the Court of Appeal held, in quashing the accused's conviction for manslaughter, that the chain of causation was broken by the victim's act of self-injection.’
    • ‘Also in these proceedings permission was sought by the Claimant to apply for judicial review to quash the decision letter on the Claimant's costs application.’
    • ‘The first inquest was quashed by the High Court because the Coroner did not permit a sufficient investigation of neglect to be carried out.’
    • ‘The second inquest verdict was later quashed by the high court.’
    • ‘Judge Sanderson agreed with him last week and quashed the subpoenas he had earlier authorized.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeal granted certiorari to quash the council's decision since the section required reasons to be given at the same time as the decision was communicated.’
    • ‘A judge later quashed Brenda's jail term.’
    • ‘The jury convicted and the Court of Appeal refused to quash the conviction.’
    • ‘The court of appeal may dismiss the appeal, quash the judgment, or request a retrial by a trial court.’
    cancel, reverse, rescind, repeal, revoke, retract, countermand, withdraw, take back, rule against, disallow, overturn, override, overrule, veto, set aside, overthrow, repudiate, annul, nullify, declare null and void, invalidate, render invalid, negate, void, abrogate
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    1. 1.1Put an end to; suppress.
      ‘a hospital executive quashed rumours that nursing staff will lose jobs’
      • ‘Steiner will undoubtedly exercise his executive powers and quash any nascent independence declaration, yet the damage is already done.’
      • ‘But the leader's speech today will effectively quash any idea that he will go quietly.’
      • ‘He also quashed rumours that the Farnborough airshow, the UK's biggest aviation trade show and the Air Tattoo might merge.’
      • ‘The mood was largely festive and often rowdy, but police effectively quashed most actions of any size.’
      • ‘Lisa recently quashed rumours she was set to marry George as she wouldn't want to swap her home in Essex for George's Hollywood Hills property.’
      • ‘The company spokesman was typically circumspect when asked to comment on the rumours but he did not take the opportunity to quash the story.’
      • ‘The public inquiry did little to quash the rumours and in the years that followed many trawlers lost fishing nets at a spot 70 miles off the Norwegian coast.’
      • ‘But he was unable to quash the redundancy rumours.’
      • ‘We'd like to think we're beyond that now and that by quashing representations of violence we can eliminate the real thing.’
      • ‘More bobbies heading for the beat across Essex will help quash the fear of crime, Castle Point's council leader hopes.’
      • ‘The gallery does now say it will build on its existing land, thus quashing rumours that it was looking at a site elsewhere in the city, but otherwise says its plans are still at the discussion stage.’
      • ‘In other worldly news, let me quash a nasty rumour right here and now.’
      • ‘Any hopes they had of an unlikely comeback were soon quashed and they were finished off in the 71st minute.’
      • ‘A demolitions expert has spoken out to quash concerns over dust coming from a Colchester building site, which contains asbestos.’
      • ‘She did though quash any rumours of retirement.’
      • ‘The promise comes as the company moves to quash rumours that they will outsource jobs to foreign markets when they take up their contract on April 1.’
      • ‘Others say the West has forced the government to reinstate the repressive apparatus used by the previous regime to quash opposition.’
      • ‘Keegan quashed speculation that he is about to add Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Dennis Haynes to his staff.’
      • ‘In order to quash these rumours the company took the highly unusual step of issuing an official denial.’
      • ‘When foreign businesses come in they often destroy local competitors, quashing the ambitions of the small businessmen who had hoped to develop homegrown industry.’
      put an end to, stamp out, put a stop to, end, finish, get rid of, crush, put down, check, crack down on, curb, nip in the bud, thwart, frustrate, squash, quell, subdue, suppress, repress, quench, extinguish, stifle, abolish, terminate
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Middle English: from Old French quasser annul, from late Latin cassare ( medieval Latin also quassare), from cassus null, void. Compare with squash.