Definition of crush in English:



  • 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’
    ‘the crushed remains of a Ford Bronco’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lee said they were forced to lift a heavy log until it fell, crushing them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 teenager died when he was crushed under a gravestone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bakery worker died instantly when a large industrial trolley filled with burger buns came off the tailboard of a truck, crushing him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is taken to hospital with massive head injuries and crushed legs which require immediate amputation to save his life.’
    • ‘A trucker saved his workmate from being crushed to death by a runaway lorry.’
    • ‘Or do you hide under a table and hope that it's sturdy enough to keep the ceiling from crushing you?’
    • ‘Remarkably nobody was passing by, no cars were crushed and nothing got damaged apart from one window sill getting chipped.’
    • ‘The mud-brick buildings of Bam were not built to withstand earthquakes and about 70% of them collapsed, crushing the people inside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She has nightmares of refrigerators crushing innocent children, with radiators and doorknobs capable of even worse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the dead had been thrown clear of the vehicle but were then crushed to death when it overturned.’
    • ‘Every time he reverses he crushes someone's bonnet.’
    squash, squeeze, press, compress
    pulverize, pound, grind, break up, smash, shatter, crumble, crunch, splinter
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    1. 1.1Crease or crumple (cloth or paper)
      ‘crushed trousers and a crumpled jacket’
      • ‘She asked, crushing one of the sheets of paper into a ball in frustration.’
      • ‘The cigarette she was smoking is now crushed in her clenched fist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He crushed the paper and threw it across the parking lot.’
      • ‘He crushed the carefully constructed puppet in his fist.’
      • ‘At the end of the meeting he crushed a membership card into my hand and had me signed up.’
      • ‘The walls paneled in wood and papered in crushed and patterned velvet.’
      • ‘No trampling of feet, no crushed creases, no sweat and no traffic jams.’
      • ‘She looked at the crumpled ticket that was crushed in her hand.’
      • ‘I just found the crushed bit of paper in my coat pocket.’
      • ‘A pit littered with chai cups, some made of plastic, now crushed and crumpled, others made of clay, already dissolving under the dew.’
      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’
    • ‘In Scotland, the supporters of the deposed king had to be crushed by force of arms, a process which was completed in 1689.’
    • ‘The authorities responded with strong force, crushing the armed rebels in 1771 at the Battle of the Alamance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are performing a state duty, which is to crush the armed rebellion.’
    • ‘The Gestapo took these efforts seriously enough to crush them with the utmost ferocity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even almost entirely non-violent protest might be crushed with extreme force.’
    • ‘When the revolution was crushed by imperial forces, many Estonian revolutionary leaders fled abroad.’
    • ‘They were perceived as radical extremists by the Indian government that used ruthless force to crush the burgeoning movement.’
    • ‘Russian armies crushed the rebellions, with devastating effects for Polish nationhood.’
    • ‘Special security forces crushed the uprisings, leaving at least a thousand casualties.’
    • ‘This experience led some socialists to conclude that fascism was merely the instrument of the bourgeoisie for crushing the workers.’
    • ‘In 1837, the British were crushing a rebellion in Upper Canada.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stages in Stalin's ascent were marked by crushing opposition on the grandest scale.’
    • ‘After that also the Turkish security forces crushed them, arrested them, most of them.’
    • ‘Even modest reform following the April 1960 student uprising was violently crushed.’
    • ‘The Vienna city council was eventually crushed by military force.’
    • ‘He was then promoted to governor-general, where he asserted his authority, crushing rebellions and suppressing the slave trade.’
    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’
    ‘the news came as a crushing blow’
    • ‘I knew he hadn't been there at all, and I thought the disappointment was going to crush me.’
    • ‘Instead, he just offers a dreamlike glimpse into the mental anguish of a tormented artist being crushed under the pressures of commercial success.’
    • ‘But the suffering of these last two days has crushed me.’
    • ‘No angry parents or humiliating, embarrassing friends or disappointed, crushed twin sister.’
    • ‘The disaster, crushing U.S consumer and business confidence, has also left a gaping hole in the world economy.’
    • ‘I was crushed by life. I was imprisoned, I lost all my money and assets - there was quite a lot of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was completely crushed and blown away by her reaction, and even more so by my dad's, which was exactly the same.’
    • ‘As a registered democrat I cannot help but be continually crushed by failure of my party to get it.’
    • ‘The shocking brutality of this truth crushes me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was crushed and disappointed when a boy moved in just before sixth grade.’
    mortify, humiliate, abash, chagrin, deflate, demoralize, flatten, squash
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  • 4US 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 admit I initially had a crush on you!’
    • ‘I think I have a platonic crush on you.’
    • ‘A cameraman on the show has an unrequited crush on your character.’
    • ‘I know a young man who has a crush on an older woman.’
    • ‘David, their 12-year-old neighbor, has developed an innocent crush on the older sister.’
    • ‘In junior high, I had a crush on a girl who I will name Cynthia.’
    • ‘A few months later I had a similarly intense crush on a boy.’
    • ‘I suspect many of you think I have a crush on Ben.’
    • ‘Darcy was pre-eminently the sort of guy shy girls would have crushes on.’


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

    ‘a number of youngsters fainted in the crush’
    • ‘I was afraid I would lose my daughter in the crush of human bodies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So while he continued his speech I struggled out through the crush of the crowd to the quieter streets beyond the public square.’
    • ‘The drunken crush of merrymakers swayed the curious crowd back and forth.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Parents created a frenzied crush of their own as they crowded around Gardai, begging for news of their loved ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The news spread fast and the crowds became a crush within a few hours.’
    • ‘The heat, the noise, the crush of bodies - everything was intensified.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Considering the lack of bodies, there's still something of a crush at the front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crowd would start to assemble early, a crush on the sidewalk that spilled across the street into quiet Dolores Park.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was also the beginnings of the crush where we were and crowd surfers began coming closer to our heads.’
    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’
    • ‘My best friend started to have a crush on my guy friend at the same time she had a crush on another guy.’
    • ‘I have/had a crush on a guy 10 years younger than me.’
    • ‘I knew him casually but he wasn't the kind of guy I'd ever have a crush on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?’
    • ‘I had a crush on my cousin when I was in grade school.’
    • ‘He was to all intents and purposes heterosexual… but then he found he had a crush on one particular bloke in his office.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Realizing that you're starting to have a crush on a friend can produce a whole new set of fears and considerations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My crush and I walk home from school together because we live close to each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alternately, I want someone to 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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course that was back when I had a crush on him… I would've fainted!’
    infatuation, obsession, love, passion, passing fancy
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    1. 2.1A person with whom someone is infatuated.
      ‘it turns out she thought you were flirting with her crush’
      • ‘Debbie Harry - my first big time teenage crush!’
      • ‘Along the way, I thought of Ben, my latest crush at school and a small smile spread across my face.’
      • ‘We see the camera lens fog up whenever Micha lays eyes on his crush, the ridiculously foxy Miriam.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whenever Cupid strikes, there's often an urge to tell your crush exactly how you feel.’
      • ‘As I wandered up the alley by the football ground I almost literally bumped into one of my old crushes.’
      • ‘I had a folder of pictures of all my crushes.’
      • ‘He was her first teen crush, the first (and only) "teenage heartthrob" that had ever adorned her bedroom wall.’
      • ‘She was finally going to talk to her crush, Ryan Hanson.’
      • ‘My crush came to my first volleyball game of the season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My BFF lives across the street from my crush.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It didn't help that I was best friends with her crush; she thought I was competition.’
      • ‘Right now my crush is a sophomore by the name of Noah Hamilton.’
      • ‘It's not that simple to go up to your crush of two years and just tell her you like her!’
      • ‘I felt like a young girl who, after many months of contemplation, had just decided to talk to her crush.’
      • ‘The flirtatious Emily spends a lot of the film clumsily pursuing her crush, the somewhat receptive Fin.’
  • 3A drink made from the juice of pressed fruit.

    ‘lemon crush’
    • ‘I'll have a double espresso and a mango and passion fruit crush, please.’
    • ‘Garvie's had bitter lemon crush, super bitter lemon crush and lemon crush.’
    • ‘Or add strawberry crush, pineapple juice, and some mint.’
    • ‘Pour some orange and raspberry crush juice into lolly moulds.’
    • ‘A bit more of sweet is the Pink Panther with strawberry crush, cream, lemon, honey, and milk.’
    squash, fruit juice, cordial, drink
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Middle English: from Old French cruissir gnash (teeth) or crack of unknown origin.