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crushing blow

A major defeat or setback that is devastating to the goals of a person, group, or organization. The team's loss last Sunday was a crushing blow to their chances for a championship. Failing that test was a crushing blow to my hopes for an honors degree.
See also: blow, crush

have a crush on (someone)

To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. I've had a crush on Tommy for years.
See also: crush, have, on

get a crush on (someone)

To become romantically infatuated with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. I think I'm getting a crush on Tommy.
See also: crush, get, on

*crush on someone

infatuation with someone. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) Mary thinks she's getting a crush on Bill. Sally says she'll never have a crush on anyone again.
See also: crush, on

crush someone or something down

 
1. Lit. to press or force someone or something down. Crush the leaves down so you can put more into the basket. Crush down the leaves and fill the basket higher.
2. Fig. to suppress someone or something. The dictator crushed the opposition down ruthlessly. He crushed down all political opposition. The army crushed the peasants down ruthlessly.
See also: crush, down

crush someone or something to something

to press or squeeze someone or something into a particular state, such as death, a pulp, nothing, etc. The anaconda crushed the tapir to death. Donna crushed the bananas to a pulp and put them into the cake batter.
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crush something in

to force something inward; to break something in. The beam nearly crushed Jason's head in. He tried to crush in the door.
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crush something (in)to something

to grind or break something into bits and pieces. He crushed the fennel seeds into a powder. The roller crushes the rocks to bits.
See also: crush

crush something out of someone or something

 and crush something out
to press or squeeze something from someone or something. He crushed the juice out of the grapes. He thought that the weight of the lumber would crush the life out of him. Robert crushed out the juice.
See also: crush, of, out

crush something up (into something)

to press or grind something with great force until it is reduced to something smaller. The chef crushed the almonds up into a powder and sprinkled them on the dessert. The machine crushed up all the glass into tiny bits.
See also: crush, up

crush something up (into something)

to press or grind something with great force until it is reduced to something smaller. The chef crushed the almonds up into a powder and sprinkled them on the dessert. The machine crushed up all the glass into tiny bits.
See also: crush, up

crush (up) against someone or something

to press hard against someone or something. The crowd crushed up against the people standing in line. The eager theatergoers crushed against the lobby doors.
See also: crush

have a case on

Also, have a crush on. Be infatuated with someone, as in He's had a case on her for years, or Teenage girls often have a crush on this teacher. The first slangy term dates from the mid-1800s; the second, a colloquialism, dates from the late 1800s.
See also: case, have, on

crush

n. the person on whom one has a crush; one’s main squeeze; one’s boyfriend or girlfriend. I’m gonna go study with my crush tonight.
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They recommend that crushable concrete be designed with adequate confinement--for example, an encapsulated element--to maximize energy dissipation in vehicle anti-ram barriers.
For crushable foams, the higher the porosity level, the more deformation the foam can accommodate, and hence the farther is the rapid densification phase from the origin, and vice versa.
CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) and Food & Beverage manufacturers, with products such as paper, beverages and food stuffs that can be heavy, crushable and hard to stack, are facing many new challenges in complying with retailer mandates while addressing initiatives for "green" supply chains and cost reduction.
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Crushable concrete are used by the EMAS system to slow down an aircraft when it overruns the runway.
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The car also adopts the Total Effective Control Technology concept, wherein crushable structures are created to absorb impact energy and disperse it away from occupants in the event of a collision.
Airfield safety projects to receive FAA funding include runway shortening and re-striping, lighting improvements, taxiway changes, relocation of certain navigation equipment, and installation of crushable concrete material at both ends of Runway 14/32, designed to stop aircraft under emergency conditions.
Its patented electroluminescent (EL) technology features an advanced elastomeric lighting material that is flexible, crushable and washable among other unique properties.
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Chicago should install crushable concrete beds at the ends of the runways to prevent accidents, the Chicago Tribune editorial board writes.
Oryon's patented EL technology creates advanced elastomeric lighting material that is flexible, crushable and water-resistant among other properties.
Nissan's first full-size SUV features fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, seating for either 7 or 8 passengers and a number of safety features, including Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System, LATCH child seat anchor system and Zone Body construction with front and rear crushable zones.
com/lianamaeby) brings a wealth of editorial experience to her role at RIOT, including a stint at Crushable and contributions to Interview Magazine, The Village Voice and Cracked.