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squelch (v.)

1620s, "to fall, drop, or stomp (on something soft) with crushing force," possibly imitative of sound made in the process. The figurative sense of "suppress completely" is first recorded 1864. Related: Squelched; squelching.

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Definitions of squelch from WordNet
1
squelch (v.)
suppress or crush completely;
squelch any sign of dissent
Synonyms: quell / quench
squelch (v.)
make a sucking sound;
squelch (v.)
walk through mud or mire;
Synonyms: squish / splash / splosh / slosh / slop
squelch (v.)
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;
Synonyms: squash / crush / mash / squeeze
2
squelch (n.)
a crushing remark;
Synonyms: put-down / squelcher / takedown
squelch (n.)
an electric circuit that cuts off a receiver when the signal becomes weaker than the noise;
Synonyms: squelch circuit / squelcher
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