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crush (someone or something) (in)to (something)

To pulverize or break something into a certain condition or state. I crushed the cookies into crumbs and added them to the icing. The fallen tree branch crushed the car's windshield to pieces.
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crush (something) out of (someone or something)

To squeeze something so that it releases something else. This hat is too tight—it's crushing the brains out of me! I had to crush the toothpaste out of the tube because it was almost empty.
See also: crush, of, out

crush (up) against (someone or something)

To have a heavy physical impact on someone or something. Molly had to go to the hospital after the door in the lobby crushed up against her hand. The singer's screaming fans crushed against the fence in front of the stage.
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crush down

1. To physically push someone or something down; to flatten someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crush" and "down." If you just crush down these clothes, I think you'd be able to fit more in your suitcase.
2. To suppress or subdue someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crush" and "down." The boss is always quick to crush down any dissent in our department.
See also: crush, down

crush in

To push something inward. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crush" and "in." The fallen tree branch crushed in the roof of my car, hence the huge dent where it landed.
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crush it

To succeed at something in a particularly impressive way. Often used in the past tense. Her presentation for the CEO went really well. She totally crushed it! That band always crushes it, so I'm not surprised their halftime performance was spectacular.
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crush on (someone)

1. noun A romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. Oh man, she's had a crush on Tommy for years!
2. verb, slang To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. Oh man, she's been crushing on Tommy for years!
See also: crush, on

crush out

1. To squeeze something out (of something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "crush" and "out." This hat is too tight—it's crushing my brains out! This kind of juicer chews up the fruit and vegetables before crushing out their juice.
2. To extinguish something by crushing it, especially a cigarette. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crush" and "out." I took one last drag and crushed the cigarette out in the ashtray. The detective crushed out his cigarette angrily and stormed out of the room.
See also: crush, out

crush up

To pulverize or break something into a smaller state or finer substance. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crush" and "up." If I don't crush up the pill and mix it into my daughter's apple sauce, she won't take it.
See also: crush, up

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

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

girl crush

1. A feeling of interest or admiration that one female has for another (usually in a non-sexual way). I have a huge girl crush on this girl in my econ class. She has the best clothes and hair.
2. The subject of such a feeling. That actress is totally my girl crush. She's just so confident and beautiful.
See also: crush, girl

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

man crush Monday

A phrase that accompanies a social media post of a man that the poster finds attractive (often their significant other or a celebrity). Often abbreviated as "MCM." Such posts occur on Mondays due to the name, created simply for alliteration. Check out my handsome hubby on man crush Monday! Ryan Gosling is my man crush Monday.
See also: crush, man, Monday

woman crush Wednesday

A phrase that accompanies social media posts of a woman that the poster finds attractive (often a significant other or a celebrity). Often abbreviated as "WCW." Such posts occur on Wednesdays due to the name, created simply for alliteration. Check out my gorgeous wife on woman crush Wednesday! Jennifer Lawrence is my woman crush Wednesday.
See also: crush, Wednesday, woman
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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.
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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