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noun (crushes)
  1. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  2. Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a peception.
  3. A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this infatuation.
    • 2004: w: Chris Wallace (journalist), Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
    • :It had taken nine years from the evening that w:Harry Truman, Truman first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school .
      1. A chute or corridor in a cattle yard.
  • Spanish: to have a crush = estar embobado, estar colado, estar encaprichado
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, a chute or corridor in a cattle yard)
verb (crush, es)
  1. 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; as, to crush grapes.
Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut. --Lev. xxii.
  1. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz.
  2. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
  3. To oppress or burden grievously.
  4. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  5. To crush out.
To force out or separate by pressure, as juice from grapes.
  1. (intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily.
  2. To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for.
She's crushing on him.
    Etymology: cruschen, crousshen, cruisir, croissir < cruscire, probably of (Ger.) origin, from a derivative of the word seen in (Goth.) kruistan to gnash; akin to Swedish krysta to squeeze, Danish kryste, Icelandic kreysta.

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