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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: cruisir

crush

1 verb
     
crush1 [transitive]
1 to press something so hard that it breaks or is damaged:
His leg was crushed in the accident.
Two people were crushed to death in the rush to escape.
2 to press something in order to break it into very small pieces or into a powder:
Crush two cloves of garlic.
3

crush a rebellion/uprising/revolt etc

to use severe methods to stop people from fighting you or opposing you [= put down]:
The revolution was crushed within days.
4

crush somebody's hopes/enthusiasm/confidence etc

to make someone lose all hope, confidence etc
5 to make someone feel extremely upset or shocked:
Sara was crushed by their insults.

crush on somebody

phrasal verb
to have a feeling of romantic love for someone, especially someone you do not know well:
a guy in my class that I'm crushing on

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