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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR QUASH

Come, Quash, into the bush, and help me to look at the other scratches and dress them.

But, then, he had had to quash the thought that suggested it.

Challis tried to reason away its witchery—to quash its jurisdiction.

Under those circumstances no other course was open to us but to quash them.

Vide mouse, and a hundred more roots, that might quash this rule.

It can quash the decisions of Juges de Paix only when they exceed their power.

I know you didn't, but you implied it, and I want to quash any such suggestion at once.

They moved to quash the indictment on which he was brought to trial.

I'll take a chance with my job and quash this interview—that's how much I like you, Johnnie.

Honestly, I did my level best to quash the proceedings: I might as well have tried to bale out the Pacific with a pitchfork.

WORD ORIGIN

"to make void, annul," early 14c., from Old French quasser, casser "to annul, declare void," and directly from Medieval Latin quassare, alteration of Late Latin cassare, from cassus "null, void, empty" (see caste (n.)).

Meaning "to break, crush," is early 14c., from Old French quasser, casser "to break, smash, injure, harm, weaken," from Latin quassare "to shatter," frequentative of quatere (past participle quassus) "to shake," from PIE root *kwet- "to shake" (cf. Greek passein "to sprinkle," Lithuanian kuteti "to shake up," Old Saxon skuddian "to move violently," German schütteln "to shake," Old English scudan "to hasten").

The words have influenced each other in form and sense since Medieval Latin and now are somewhat grown together. Related: Quashed; quashing.

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