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Sense: 1-2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: SQUAT1
Sense: 3
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: diddlysquat; DIDDLY

squat

3 noun
     
squat3
1 [countable] a squatting position
2 [countable] British English a house that people are living in without permission and without paying rent:
She lives in a squat in Camden.
3 [uncountable] American English informal nothing, or nearly nothing. Squat is often used in negative sentences for emphasis:
He had a job that paid him squat.
You don't know squat about it.

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