inflected forms: squashes; squashed; squashing
1 [with object] : to press (something) into a flat or flatter shape • She squashed the bug. • He squashed his nose against the window.• The tomatoes got squashed.
2 [with object] : to stop (something) from continuing by doing or saying something • She tried to squash [=quash] the rumors. • His poor performance squashed any hope he had of a promotion. • The boss squashed my idea immediately.
3 always followed by an adverb or preposition : to move into a space that is very tight or crowded [no object] • Four of ussquashed [=squeezed] into the backseat. • (British) Squash up[=move closer together] to make room for one more person. [with object] • Someone had squashed all the ribbons together in one box. — often used as (be) squashed • We were squashed between the table and wall. • The ribbons had all been squashed together into one box.