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squash down

1. Literally, to crush, crumple, or mash something down. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squash" and "down." I kept trying to squash my clothes down to fit them all in the suitcase, but it was hopeless. I wish the courier hadn't squashed down the box to fit it through the mail slot like that!
2. To willfully suppress, inhibit, or quash something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squash" and "down." If you squash down your anger like that, it's going to end up exploding down the line. The dictator squashed the rebellion down without mercy.
See also: down, squash

squash something down

to crush something down; to pack something down. squash the ice cream down so the air will be pushed out. Who squashed down my hat?
See also: down, squash
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Spread over the cooled cake, then top with the raspberries, squashing them down slightly into the topping.