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Squelch   /skwɛltʃ/   Listen

A crushing remark.  Synonyms: put-down, squelcher, takedown.
An electric circuit that cuts off a receiver when the signal becomes weaker than the noise.  Synonyms: squelch circuit, squelcher.

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"Squelch" Quotes from Famous Books

... You should have a thrashing, you lying little snipe, always hanging around the petticoats! Don't you suppose I can squelch you? ...
— Plays: Comrades; Facing Death; Pariah; Easter • August Strindberg

... himself up as if by a spring, "these scoundrels will suffocate us if some one doesn't squelch them!" His attitude, the glare of his eyes, and, above all, the prestige of the miraculous, cleared a space around him. One would have thought that the walls had been stretched or that the spectators ...
— The Man With The Broken Ear • Edmond About

... the god-like attributes, omniscient, ubiquitous, I mean to squelch free impulse, which is commonly iniquitous. But what's the good of being Chief Inspector of the Universe, And prying into everything from pompous Law to puny verse, If everything or nearly so, shows a confounded tendency To go right of ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, January 30, 1892 • Various

... waiting for Farnsworth; how he came from Farnsworth's office and took a seat near her, and for the next half-hour watched her fingers until she became nervous. At first she thought he was going to be "fresh." Her mind was made up to squelch him at the first opportunity. Yet, when it had come lunch-time and he sat on, not knowing what to do, she had taken pity on him. She knew he would sit on there until night unless some one showed an interest in him. She was glad now that she had, because he had been hungry. Had it not been ...
— The Wall Street Girl • Frederick Orin Bartlett

... unions, and the strikes, and more trouble. These labor unions were started by a couple of smart, yellow niggers from Chaldea, one of them a sort of lay preacher, a fellow with a lot of gab. Before I got wind of them, they had gone so far it was almost impossible to squelch them. First I tried conciliation, but it didn't work a bit. They made the craziest demands you ever heard of—a holiday every six days, meat every day, no night work and regular houses to live in. Some of them even had ...
— A Book of Burlesques • H. L. Mencken

... "You don't need to squelch me like that, Mother. I don't know that I care, particularly. ...
— Master of the Vineyard • Myrtle Reed

... desertion of Roaring Lake. Things aren't going any too good with us, one way and another, and of course he, not knowing the real reason of your absence, couldn't understand why you stay away. I had to squelch him, and Linda abetted me successfully. However, that's beside the point. I hope I haven't irritated you. I'm such a dumb sort of brute generally. I don't know what imp of prolixity got into my pen. I've got it all off my chest now, or ...
— Big Timber - A Story of the Northwest • Bertrand W. Sinclair

... and mighty and all that," she said. "And the way he said 'Really?' when you and I spoke to him was enough to squelch even an Angelina Phinney. But I didn't care so much. Anybody, even a body as green as I am, can see that he actually IS somebody when he's at home, not a make-believe, like that Toronto man. And I'm glad for our waiter's sake that he's gone somewhere else. The poor thing bowed so low when he came ...
— Kent Knowles: Quahaug • Joseph C. Lincoln

... the shepherd Meliton made his way along the edge of the wood, and then down hill to a meadow which by degrees turned into a marsh. There was a squelch of water under his feet, and the rusty marsh sedge, still green and juicy, drooped down to the earth as though afraid of being trampled underfoot. Beyond the marsh, on the bank of the Pestchanka, of which the old man had spoken, stood a row of willows, and beyond ...
— The Witch and Other Stories • Anton Chekhov

Words linked to "Squelch" :   tramp, pad, curb, derision, sound, slosh, inhibit, steamroller, colloquialism, slog, squish, circuit, stamp, squash, footslog, electrical circuit, suppress, wring, go, stamp down, subdue, trudge, mash, telescope, squelcher, electric circuit, squeeze, tread, press, conquer, plod

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