From Middle English cruschen, crousshen, Old French cruisir, croissir, from Late Latin *cruscio, from Frankish *krostjan. Akin to Gothic 𐌺𐍂𐌿𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽 (kruistan, “to gnash”), Old Swedish krusa, krosa "to crush", Middle Low German krossen (“to break”), Swedish krysta (“to squeeze”), Danish kryste, Icelandic kreysta.
crush (plural crushes)
- A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
- the wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds
- Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.
- A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this infatuation.
- A violent crowding
- A crowd control barrier
- A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling
- A party, festive function
- (Australia) The process of crushing cane to remove the raw sugar. The season that this process takes place in.
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- To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.
- to crush grapes
- Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, crushed, broken or cut. --Lev. xxii.
- To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute.
- to crush quartz
- To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
- After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections
- To oppress or burden grievously.
- To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
- The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily.
- Sir Walter Scott
- speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels
- (intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force
- an eggshell crushes easily
- To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for.
- She's crushing on him.
- (sports) to defeat emphatically
2011 November 11, Rory Houston, “Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland”, RTE Sport:
- A stunning performance from the Republic of Ireland all but sealed progress to Euro 2012 as they crushed nine-man Estonia 4-0 in the first leg of the qualifying play-off tie in A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.