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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRUSHING

The mother's manner was a crushing rebuke to the young man for his audacity.

He gloried in his knotted muscles and the crushing power of his desires.

He had leaned back in the chair and gathered his hat close to his breast, crushing it.

Yet she did not know that she was crushing out the germ which might have grown in his heart.

The accusing revelation that had come from Crane in the afternoon had been a crushing blow.

Peter slammed its door to, crushing them so that he loosed his grip, with a howl.

I wanted to go up the mountains, so that they should lose their crushing effect.

No individual wealth protects a man from the sorrow that is crushing the community.

I am secure against that crushing grip of iron poverty, which, alas!

A symbol, a symbol of the bonds which are crushing the brave spirits of our—ahem!

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frankish *krostjan "to gnash" (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta "to gnash"). Figurative sense of "to humiliate, demoralize" is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare "to crack" are Germanic loan-words.

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