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squelch

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verb \ ˈskwelch \

Definition of squelch

transitive verb
1 a :to fall or stamp on so as to crush
b (1) :to completely suppress :quell
  • squelch resistance
(2) :silence
  • squelched the protesters
2 :to emit or move with a sucking sound
intransitive verb
1 :to emit a sucking sound
2 :to splash through water, slush, or mire

squelcher

noun

Examples of squelch in a Sentence

  1. immediately squelched any signs of rebellion

  2. his irritated glare squelched any other potential objectors

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Origin and Etymology of squelch

origin unknown


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squelch

noun

Definition of squelch

1 :a sound of or as if of semiliquid matter under suction
  • the squelch of mud
2 :the act of suppressing; especially :a retort that silences an opponent

squelchy

adjective

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First Known Use of squelch

1895


SQUELCH Defined for English Language Learners

squelch

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verb

Definition of squelch for English Language Learners

  • : to stop (something) from continuing by doing or saying something



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