He squashed his nose against the window.
His poor performance squashed any hope he had of a promotion.
The boss squashed my idea immediately.
Someone had squashed all the ribbons together in one box.
Recent Examples on the Web
As in any account of Napoleon’s life, there is an underlying comedy in the very attempt to squash an unruly mob of incidents into a tight dramatic space.—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2023 Since squashing his jealousy for Beckham, O’Neal has spent quite a bit of time with the soccer star and his family — sons Brooklyn, 24, Romeo, 21, Cruz, 18, and daughter Harper, 12.—Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 Humane, a company founded by a pair of ex-Apple employees, wants to squash the tyranny of the touchscreen.—WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 The communists, who espoused atheism and derided religions, sought to yoke Tibet to China by squashing its local culture and historical institutions; destroying Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, nunneries, and cultural artifacts; and suppressing the practice of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.—Lobsang Sangay, Foreign Affairs, 6 Nov. 2023 Civil society groups have long criticized Meta for squashing the freedom of expression of Palestinian users by removing Arabic content more heavily than Hebrew posts.—Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 The New York Times reports that Spears speaks candidly about how the conservatorship squashed all of her motivation to continue making music.—Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 19 Oct. 2023 Republican leaders asserted their rights to block the most routine give-and-take of lawsuits, resisting handing over documents, providing discovery or submitting to depositions — in effect squashing Bonilla’s efforts to uncover how the 2021 maps were drawn.—Marilyn W. Thompson, ProPublica, 18 Oct. 2023 Cricket, baseball-softball, lacrosse and squash were all approved for the program as well.—Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 16 Oct. 2023
Starting at the outer edge of the same skillet, arrange squash slices in slightly overlapping concentric circles to form a flower shape.—Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 Settle in for standout pies such as the squash pizza, which layers ricotta, pesto, and garlic confit on a sourdough crust.—Cameron Quincy Todd, Saveur, 15 Nov. 2023 This fall-flavor noodle bowl recipe puts the squash to spectacular use in a garlicky pork topper.—Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Nov. 2023 The cast resin squash made gentle fun of the industrial, aerospace underpinnings of Light & Space art, which featured cast resin geometric forms.—Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Incorporating both is a cheeky, feminist parody of a ceremonial rite involving a cast resin sculpture of a squash.—Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Associate food editor Rachel Gurjar’s Roasted Delicata Squash With Crispy Onions uses them in a genius way: The squash topping gets dusted liberally with seasonings like cumin, garlic powder, and paprika, then re-crisped for a full-on shattering texture and bonus savory depth.—Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, 6 Nov. 2023 The skin of delicata squash is tender when roasted and very flavorful, so try it along with the flesh.—Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 12 Oct. 2023 Tomatoes, eggplants and squashes are at the end of their productive lives.—Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 See More
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alteration of Middle English squachen to crush, annul, from Anglo-French esquacher, from Old French es- ex- + quachier to hide from view, from Vulgar Latin *coacticare to press together — more at cache
by shortening & alteration from earlier isquoutersquash, from Narragansett askútasquash