• To press between two hard objects; to squeeze so as to alter the natural shape or integrity of it, or to force together into a mass.
  • To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding
  • To overwhelm by pressure or weight.
  • To do impressively well at (sports events; performances; interviews; etc.).
  • To oppress or grievously burden.
  • To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  • To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force
  • To feel infatuation or unrequited love.
  • To give a compressed or foreshortened appearance to.
  • To make certain colors so similar as to be hard to distinguish, either as a deliberate effect or as a limitation of a display.


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  • 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 πŒΊπ‚πŒΉπŒΏπƒπ„πŒ°πŒ½ ("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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