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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: From the sound

squelch

verb
     
squelch
1 [intransitive] to make a sucking sound by walking or moving in something soft and wet:
My hair was dripping and my shoes squelched as I walked.
squelch through/along/up
We squelched across the field.
2 [transitive] American English to stop something from continuing to develop or spread [= squash]:
Her creativity had been squelched.
squelch noun [countable]

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