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From crush +‎ -er (agent noun suffix), or, for one who elicits a crush, +‎ -er (patient suffix).





crusher (plural crushers)

  1. Someone or something that crushes.
    • 1878, Samuel Butler, Life and Habit, London: Trübner & Co., page 1:
      [] for unless a matter be true enough to stand a good deal of misrepresentation, its truth is not of a very robust order, and the blame will rather lie with its own delicacy than with the carelessness of the crusher.
    • 1955 [609–632], “The Backbiter”, in Arthur J. Arberry, transl., The Koran Interpreted, →ISBN, page 664:
      Woe unto every backbiter, slanderer, who has gathered riches and counted them over thinking his riches have made him immortal! ¶ No indeed, he shall be thrust into the Crusher, and what shall teach thee what is the Crusher?
  2. A machine designed to crush rocks.
  3. (slang, dated) A policeman.
    • 1851, Henry Mayhew, “The Literature of Costermongers”, in London Labour and the London Poor[1], volume 1, page 25:
      Anything about the police sets them a talking at once. [] 'The blessed crushers are everywhere,' shouted one. 'I wish I'd been there to have had a shy at the eslops,' said another. And then a man sung out: 'O, don't I like the Bobbys?'
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society, published 2010, page 110:
      Back in the lobby he bought a copy of Time but didn't like the way the plain-clothes crushers looked at him, and left.
  4. One who elicits a crush or intense infatuation in another.

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