squelch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squelch suppress or crush completely "squelch any sign of dissent","quench a rebellion"
    • v squelch to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition "crush an aluminum can","squeeze a lemon"
    • v squelch walk through mud or mire "We had to splosh across the wet meadow"
    • v squelch make a sucking sound
    • n squelch an electric circuit that cuts off a receiver when the signal becomes weaker than the noise
    • n squelch a crushing remark
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Squelch A crushing reply; as, the perfect squelch for a conceited remark.
    • Squelch A heavy fall, as of something flat.
    • v. i Squelch skwĕlch To make a sound like that made by the feet of one walking in mud or slush; to make a kind of swashing sound; to squish; also, to move with such a sound. "He turned and strode to the fire, his boots squelching as he walked.""A crazy old collier squelching along under squared yards."
    • v. t Squelch skwĕlch To quell; to crush; to silence or put down. "Oh 't was your luck and mine to be squelched .""If you deceive us you will be squelched ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squelch A crushing blow; a heavy fall.
    • squelch To crush down; stamp on as if squeezing out something liquid; put an end to.
    • squelch To disconcert; discomfit; put down.
    • squelch To be crushed.
    • squelch To make a sound like that produced by treading in mud.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Squelch skwelch a heavy blow or a heavy fall
    • v.t Squelch to crush down
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. E. quelch, a blow, and quell, to crush, to kill

Usage

In literature:

He would squelch this persistent rival once and for all.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
My boots squelched, and water dropped from the corners of the boxes.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
He squelched as he walked.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
It squelches as I walk.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
If it was a last glimmer of good, of forgiveness, it was promptly squelched.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Before I got wind of them, they had gone so far it was almost impossible to squelch them.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
Presently a figure squelched up to him and halted.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, February 23, 1916" by Various
It was worse than a scolding or a freezing or an awful squelching.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
The protest was squelched.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
Our boots squelched in the mud.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
A small tarpaulin on the floor squelched as one walked on it.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Rick felt a sob rising in his throat and resolutely squelched it.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
The water was cold and clammy through Raoul's flannel trousers, and his feet squelched in his boots.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He must have nerve to tackle her after he saw her squelch you.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
This was followed by a heavy, squelching flop.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
In the recent conflict the Parnellites were squelched.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
What a squelching of frogs there must have been!
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
If the damned fools think they can squelch you or Duncan in such a case as this, we'll teach them better.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
It's business, but it isn't fair, and I'll be blamed if I'm going to squelch a friend.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
She squelched his hopes.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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In news:

Moreover, the malware would have been squelched if IT shops had practiced better patch management, or migrated to newer Windows OS versions, he contended.
Romney looks to squelch Santorum in 2 states.
This time, Elks squelch North Branch upset bid in sectionals.
New bill attempts to curb Big Brother's ability to snoop and squelch free speech online.
'Our goal is to squelch the talk of an undefeated season'.
Rogue online pharmacies squelched by global collaboration.
Spiritual spirit squad squelched .
Iran Squelches Protest Attempt in Capital.
The architect of press-squelching laws is gone, but his policies seem to be thriving.
Washington squelches comeback attempt by Vikings.
Rookie Robert Griffin III broke loose for a 76-yard touchdown run with 2:43 to play to squelch a comeback attempt and halt an eight-game home losing streak by Washington.
But this sort of swiftboating ought to be rebutted with reason, not squelched with censorship.
Ohio's elections chief has squelched rumors he might be.
Beach squelch shimmy is back.
So the NASDAQ has nosedived and the Dow looks dire, but who says a recession has to squelch style.
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