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

    ‘the girl I had been crushing on sat next to me’
    • ‘I admit I initially had a crush on you!’
    • ‘For years, Elaine had harbored a secret schoolgirl's crush on George.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In junior high, I had a crush on a girl who I will name Cynthia.’
    • ‘Darcy was pre-eminently the sort of guy shy girls would have crushes on.’
    • ‘I suspect many of you think I have a crush on Ben.’
    • ‘David, their 12-year-old neighbor, has developed an innocent crush on the older sister.’
    • ‘I think I have a platonic crush on you.’
    • ‘A few months later I had a similarly intense crush on a boy.’

noun

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

    ‘a number of youngsters fainted in the crush’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was also the beginnings of the crush where we were and crowd surfers began coming closer to our heads.’
    • ‘The crowd would start to assemble early, a crush on the sidewalk that spilled across the street into quiet Dolores Park.’
    • ‘The news spread fast and the crowds became a crush within a few hours.’
    • ‘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 drunken crush of merrymakers swayed the curious crowd back and forth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was afraid I would lose my daughter in the crush of human bodies.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Considering the lack of bodies, there's still something of a crush at the front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The heat, the noise, the crush of bodies - everything was intensified.’
    • ‘Parents created a frenzied crush of their own as they crowded around Gardai, begging for news of their loved ones.’
    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’
    • ‘Of course that was back when I had a crush on him… I would've fainted!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alternately, I want someone to have a crush on me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?’
    • ‘He was to all intents and purposes heterosexual… but then he found he had a crush on one particular bloke in his office.’
    • ‘But that was kind of stupid to think it was a crush when they lived together.’
    • ‘My best friend started to have a crush on my guy friend at the same time she had a crush on another guy.’
    • ‘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/had a crush on a guy 10 years younger than 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?’
    • ‘Realizing that you're starting to have a crush on a friend can produce a whole new set of fears and considerations.’
    • ‘I had a crush on my cousin when I was in grade school.’
    • ‘I knew him casually but he wasn't the kind of guy I'd ever have a crush on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was rather taken with him and as we spent more time together I started to develop a bit of a crush on him.’
    • ‘Was it really possible that some of my friends could potentially have a crush on me?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I felt like a young girl who, after many months of contemplation, had just decided to talk to her crush.’
      • ‘Debbie Harry - my first big time teenage crush!’
      • ‘My BFF lives across the street from my crush.’
      • ‘Whenever Cupid strikes, there's often an urge to tell your crush exactly how you feel.’
      • ‘It didn't help that I was best friends with her crush; she thought I was competition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Along the way, I thought of Ben, my latest crush at school and a small smile spread across my face.’
      • ‘It's not that simple to go up to your crush of two years and just tell her you like her!’
      • ‘We see the camera lens fog up whenever Micha lays eyes on his crush, the ridiculously foxy Miriam.’
      • ‘I had a folder of pictures of all my 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.’
      • ‘As I wandered up the alley by the football ground I almost literally bumped into one of my old crushes.’
      • ‘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 crush came to my first volleyball game of the season.’
      • ‘She was finally going to talk to her crush, Ryan Hanson.’
  • 3A drink made from the juice of pressed fruit.

    ‘lemon crush’
    • ‘Garvie's had bitter lemon crush, super bitter lemon crush and lemon crush.’
    • ‘Pour some orange and raspberry crush juice into lolly moulds.’
    • ‘Or add strawberry crush, pineapple juice, and some mint.’
    • ‘I'll have a double espresso and a mango and passion fruit crush, please.’
    • ‘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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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

crush

/krəSH/