Definition of crush in US English:

crush

verb

[with object]
  • 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’
    • ‘It took firefighters an hour to cut her free from the wreckage in which she broke her neck and her leg, crushed her pelvis and suffered massive internal injuries including brain-stem damage.’
    • ‘Or do you hide under a table and hope that it's sturdy enough to keep the ceiling from crushing you?’
    • ‘A bakery worker died instantly when a large industrial trolley filled with burger buns came off the tailboard of a truck, crushing him.’
    • ‘The mud-brick buildings of Bam were not built to withstand earthquakes and about 70% of them collapsed, crushing the people inside.’
    • ‘It is obvious to anyone who looked at the position of the top stone that if it was to slip, it could have easily crushed a small child.’
    • ‘A trucker saved his workmate from being crushed to death by a runaway lorry.’
    • ‘In the first case, they are made like a white wine; that's to say the grapes are crushed and/or pressed, then fermented without their skins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Samples of 8-10 kg were crushed and milled, and the less than 400 [mu] m fraction was sieved out.’
    • ‘Then, simply squeeze as hard as you can to crush the apple.’
    • ‘Another man was crushed by a tree uprooted by the storm near Kazanluk, which also flooded parts of the town of Kalofer, including its museum of Hristo Botev.’
    • ‘Some of the dead had been thrown clear of the vehicle but were then crushed to death when it overturned.’
    • ‘My shoes made a soft crunching sound as they crushed the dry, brown grass beneath them.’
    • ‘He was with eight members of his family and his brother's girlfriend when the 100 ft tall, 5ft wide beech was blown over and crushed him to death.’
    • ‘Looking from above, the Uffington White Horse is frozen as it has been for thousands of years, on the verge of crushing you with its front hooves.’
    • ‘As such they could be crushed and ground for use, like peppercorns, as well as pressed to make a juice.’
    • ‘Chopping devices are favoured over mincers because the latter tend to crush the meat, squeezing out the juices.’
    • ‘After I stuffed that in, my bag was full and hard to zip up without knowing I was crushing some of the crunchy snacks.’
    • ‘A teenager died when he was crushed under a gravestone.’
    • ‘Officials were forced to close the road for the entire day as breakdown vehicles battled to remove the badly damaged truck and crushed remains of the car.’
    • ‘He is taken to hospital with massive head injuries and crushed legs which require immediate amputation to save his life.’
    • ‘Wherever you go on the island you will see piles of black netting beside each tree which the islanders string up to catch the olives, and in almost every garden, the ancient stone presses still used to crush them.’
    • ‘Lee said they were forced to lift a heavy log until it fell, crushing them.’
    • ‘Absorbable gelatin also can be crushed and injected.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I wanted to crush him into little particles and then blow him off into the wind and never hear him and his lame jokes ever again.’
    • ‘Allicin, which forms once a clove is crushed or otherwise damaged, is believed by some scientists to be one of the beneficial compounds in garlic.’
    • ‘Individual samples weighing 24 kg were collected from the Dal and Bandak volcanics and were crushed and milled.’
    • ‘Every time he reverses he crushes someone's bonnet.’
    • ‘Near Orlando, a four-year-old girl was crushed when a 50-tonne truck was blown across a freeway and landed on her family's car.’
    • ‘Paul crushes all of the pills and puts them into his mother's nightly milk.’
    • ‘Remarkably nobody was passing by, no cars were crushed and nothing got damaged apart from one window sill getting chipped.’
    • ‘She has nightmares of refrigerators crushing innocent children, with radiators and doorknobs capable of even worse.’
    • ‘In this case the experiment involves using a hydraulic press to crush specimen cubes of the concrete, and measuring the pressure at which the cube breaks.’
    squash, squeeze, press, compress
    pulverize, pound, grind, break up, smash, shatter, crumble, crunch, splinter
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    1. 1.1 Crease or crumple (cloth or paper)
      ‘be careful, you're going to crush her dress!’
      ‘he crushed the paper in his hands’
      • ‘She asked, crushing one of the sheets of paper into a ball in frustration.’
      • ‘He crushed the carefully constructed puppet in his fist.’
      • ‘I just found the crushed bit of paper in my coat pocket.’
      • ‘He crushed the paper and threw it across the parking lot.’
      • ‘The cigarette she was smoking is now crushed in her clenched fist.’
      • ‘She looked at the crumpled ticket that was crushed in her hand.’
      • ‘A homeless guy who had to survive winter in the streets crushed up paper and stuffed his clothes with them for insulation.’
      • ‘I went out to the garden to check the low faucet, hoping to find a trickle of water and instead, I found some paper crushed under the garden gate.’
      • ‘A pit littered with chai cups, some made of plastic, now crushed and crumpled, others made of clay, already dissolving under the dew.’
      • ‘No trampling of feet, no crushed creases, no sweat and no traffic jams.’
      • ‘The walls paneled in wood and papered in crushed and patterned velvet.’
      • ‘At the end of the meeting he crushed a membership card into my hand and had me signed up.’
      crease, crumple, rumple, wrinkle, crinkle, scrunch up, ruck up
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  • 2(of a government or state) violently subdue (opposition or a rebellion)

    ‘the government had taken elaborate precautions to crush any resistance’
    • ‘Russian armies crushed the rebellions, with devastating effects for Polish nationhood.’
    • ‘He was then promoted to governor-general, where he asserted his authority, crushing rebellions and suppressing the slave trade.’
    • ‘Special security forces crushed the uprisings, leaving at least a thousand casualties.’
    • ‘When the revolution was crushed by imperial forces, many Estonian revolutionary leaders fled abroad.’
    • ‘Even almost entirely non-violent protest might be crushed with extreme force.’
    • ‘The Vienna city council was eventually crushed by military force.’
    • ‘Even modest reform following the April 1960 student uprising was violently crushed.’
    • ‘The Gestapo took these efforts seriously enough to crush them with the utmost ferocity.’
    • ‘They were perceived as radical extremists by the Indian government that used ruthless force to crush the burgeoning movement.’
    • ‘The April Uprising was crushed with great cruelty by the Ottoman Army.’
    • ‘After that also the Turkish security forces crushed them, arrested them, most of them.’
    • ‘The short-lived rebellion, which called for an end to colonial rule and a return of the local feudal monarchy, was brutally crushed by British forces.’
    • ‘Increasingly repressive measures to crush the rebellion have resulted in a death toll of 1,100 guerrillas, police and civilians over the past four years.’
    • ‘This experience led some socialists to conclude that fascism was merely the instrument of the bourgeoisie for crushing the workers.’
    • ‘The authorities responded with strong force, crushing the armed rebels in 1771 at the Battle of the Alamance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Scotland, the supporters of the deposed king had to be crushed by force of arms, a process which was completed in 1689.’
    • ‘They are performing a state duty, which is to crush the armed rebellion.’
    • ‘The stages in Stalin's ascent were marked by crushing opposition on the grandest scale.’
    • ‘In 1837, the British were crushing a rebellion in Upper Canada.’
    suppress, put down, quell, quash, squash, stamp out, put an end to, put a stop to, overcome, overpower, defeat, extinguish, vanquish, triumph over, break, bring someone to their knees, repress, subdue
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  • 3Bring about a feeling of overwhelming disappointment or embarrassment in (someone)

    ‘his defeat crushed a lot of left-wing supporters’
    • ‘I'm crushed, but I might as well get something out of this disappointment - if you have a view on where the best tau huay is, please share.’
    • ‘I knew he hadn't been there at all, and I thought the disappointment was going to crush me.’
    • ‘It crushes the body, flattens the spirit, and makes about as much sense as carrying a picnic table when you would be just as happy sitting on the grass.’
    • ‘But far from crushing him, the defeat tempered him and set him on course for the island's highest job.’
    • ‘As a registered democrat I cannot help but be continually crushed by failure of my party to get it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was crushed and disappointed when a boy moved in just before sixth grade.’
    • ‘The disaster, crushing U.S consumer and business confidence, has also left a gaping hole in the world economy.’
    • ‘Instead, he just offers a dreamlike glimpse into the mental anguish of a tormented artist being crushed under the pressures of commercial success.’
    • ‘I was completely crushed and blown away by her reaction, and even more so by my dad's, which was exactly the same.’
    • ‘But the suffering of these last two days has crushed me.’
    • ‘I was crushed by life. I was imprisoned, I lost all my money and assets - there was quite a lot of it.’
    • ‘No angry parents or humiliating, embarrassing friends or disappointed, crushed twin sister.’
    • ‘The shocking brutality of this truth crushes me.’
    mortify, humiliate, abash, chagrin, deflate, demoralize, flatten, squash
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  • 4crush onUS informal Have a brief but intense infatuation for (someone)

    ‘the girl I had been crushing on sat next to me’
    • ‘For years, Elaine had harbored a secret schoolgirl's crush on George.’
    • ‘I know a young man who has a crush on an older woman.’
    • ‘A few months later I had a similarly intense crush on a boy.’
    • ‘A cameraman on the show has an unrequited crush on your character.’
    • ‘I think I have a platonic crush on you.’
    • ‘I suspect many of you think I have a crush on Ben.’
    • ‘In junior high, I had a crush on a girl who I will name Cynthia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I admit I initially had a crush on you!’

noun

  • 1usually in singular A crowd of people pressed closely together, especially in an enclosed space.

    ‘a number of youngsters fainted in the crush’
    • ‘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 drunken crush of merrymakers swayed the curious crowd back and forth.’
    • ‘I listened to this with my eyes closed and put my mind to work, brought up the consistency of what sat under feet, the crush of rocking bodies, and the band, just beyond the mosh pit.’
    • ‘It was also the beginnings of the crush where we were and crowd surfers began coming closer to our heads.’
    • ‘The heat, the noise, the crush of bodies - everything was intensified.’
    • ‘I was afraid I would lose my daughter in the crush of human bodies.’
    • ‘The news spread fast and the crowds became a crush within a few hours.’
    • ‘The crowd would start to assemble early, a crush on the sidewalk that spilled across the street into quiet Dolores Park.’
    • ‘Considering the lack of bodies, there's still something of a crush at the front.’
    • ‘Does she dream nostalgically of the crowds and crush of Christmas shopping in Coney Street, or roasting her chestnuts on a three-bar electric fire?’
    • ‘But those two exits were not opened at the end of the football game nine days ago, and families trying to get out say they were caught up in a crush which frightened their children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wasn't too keen today, didn't feel like being jostled in the market-day crowd, so I determined to do no more than drop in to the supermarket, avoiding the crush altogether.’
    • ‘In fact, the tourists are flocking to Greece in even bigger numbers than ever for this time of the year, trying to miss the Olympic crush in August.’
    • ‘With blood on my hands and forearms, I followed them downstairs and wandered through the crowd in the lobby, a crush of scared and bewildered reporters and hotel staff.’
    • ‘So while he continued his speech I struggled out through the crush of the crowd to the quieter streets beyond the public square.’
    • ‘Parents created a frenzied crush of their own as they crowded around Gardai, begging for news of their loved ones.’
    • ‘The red headed girl whom she hadn't properly met yet appeared at her side and together they managed to weave their way out of the crush out into the hallway.’
    crowd, throng, horde, swarm, sea, mass, pack, press, multitude, mob
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  • 2informal A brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable or inappropriate.

    ‘she did have a crush on Dr. Russell’
    • ‘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 had a crush on my cousin when I was in grade school.’
    • ‘Of course that was back when I had a crush on him… I would've fainted!’
    • ‘I have/had a crush on a guy 10 years younger than me.’
    • ‘Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?’
    • ‘My best friend started to have a crush on my guy friend at the same time she had a crush on another guy.’
    • ‘No, don't read anything into that, I don't have a crush on my best friend, I'm not that sadly tortured, but I can admit he is cute.’
    • ‘I knew him casually but he wasn't the kind of guy I'd ever have a crush on.’
    • ‘We had practically all the same classes together in the eighth grade and she somehow had a crush on me close to the end of the year.’
    • ‘He said other staff warned the teacher that the youth might have a crush on her, which should have been a ‘warning sign’, but she became more attracted to him.’
    • ‘My crush and I walk home from school together because we live close to each other.’
    • ‘I have a crush on a friend who is very near and dear to me.’
    • ‘Did you ever have a crush on someone so off the beaten path that people just shake their heads at you in dismay when you mention it?’
    • ‘It is like when you are in love… or to the least, have a crush on someone… no matter what the person does to you, you are able to see it in a positive light.’
    • ‘Alternately, I want someone to have a crush on me.’
    • ‘Realizing that you're starting to have a crush on a friend can produce a whole new set of fears and considerations.’
    • ‘But that was kind of stupid to think it was a crush when they lived together.’
    • ‘Was it really possible that some of my friends could potentially have a crush on me?’
    • ‘I was rather taken with him and as we spent more time together I started to develop a bit of a crush on him.’
    • ‘He was to all intents and purposes heterosexual… but then he found he had a crush on one particular bloke in his office.’
    infatuation, obsession, love, passion, passing fancy
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    1. 2.1 A person with whom someone is infatuated.
      ‘it turns out she thought you were flirting with her crush’
      • ‘We see the camera lens fog up whenever Micha lays eyes on his crush, the ridiculously foxy Miriam.’
      • ‘She was finally going to talk to her crush, Ryan Hanson.’
      • ‘He was her first teen crush, the first (and only) "teenage heartthrob" that had ever adorned her bedroom wall.’
      • ‘The flirtatious Emily spends a lot of the film clumsily pursuing her crush, the somewhat receptive Fin.’
      • ‘It's not that simple to go up to your crush of two years and just tell her you like her!’
      • ‘Debbie Harry - my first big time teenage crush!’
      • ‘As I wandered up the alley by the football ground I almost literally bumped into one of my old crushes.’
      • ‘Of all my high school crushes - Robert Downey Jr. and Matthew Broderick also fall in this category - John is the only one who has been consistently entertaining into his late 20s and 30s.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My BFF lives across the street from my crush.’
      • ‘I had a folder of pictures of all my crushes.’
      • ‘A major blizzard has been predicted all week, but 15-year old Haley is more concerned about the movie date she has planned with her crush.’
      • ‘Right now my crush is a sophomore by the name of Noah Hamilton.’
      • ‘It didn't help that I was best friends with her crush; she thought I was competition.’
      • ‘Whenever Cupid strikes, there's often an urge to tell your crush exactly how you feel.’
      • ‘My crush came to my first volleyball game of the season.’
      • ‘Along the way, I thought of Ben, my latest crush at school and a small smile spread across my face.’
      • ‘I felt like a young girl who, after many months of contemplation, had just decided to talk to her crush.’
  • 3A drink made from the juice of pressed fruit.

    ‘lemon crush’
    • ‘A bit more of sweet is the Pink Panther with strawberry crush, cream, lemon, honey, and milk.’
    • ‘Pour some orange and raspberry crush juice into lolly moulds.’
    • ‘Or add strawberry crush, pineapple juice, and some mint.’
    • ‘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
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

crush

/krəʃ//krəSH/