quash /ˈkwɑʃ, ˈkwɔʃ/
Quash n. Same as Squash.
Quash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quashed p. pr. & vb. n. Quashing.] Law To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, to quash an indictment.
Quash, v. t.
1. To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush.
Against sharp rocks, like reeling vessels, quashed,
Though huge as mountains, are in pieces dashed. --Waller.
2. To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, to quash a rebellion.
Contrition is apt to quash or allay all worldly grief. --Barrow.
Quash, v. i. To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.
v 1: put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes
any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her
dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners
subjugated the peasants working the land" [syn: repress,
keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce]
2: declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea"
[syn: invalidate, annul, void, avoid, nullify]