From Middle English cruschen ("to crush, smash, squeeze, squash"), from Old French croissir ("to crush"), from Late Latin *cruscio ("to brush"), from Frankish *krostjan ("to crush, squeeze, squash"). Akin to Gothic 𐌺𐍂𐌹𐌿𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽 ("to gnash"), Old Swedish krusa ("to crush"), Middle Low German krossen ("to break"), Swedish krysta ("to squeeze"), Danish kryste ("to squash"), Icelandic kreista ("to squeeze, squash"), Faroese kroysta ("to squeeze").
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