AskDefine | Define quash

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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] [ant: validate]

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  1. To defeat forcibly.
    The army quashed the rebellion.
  2. (relating to law) To void or suppress (a subpoena, decision, etc.).


to defeat forcibly
to void or suppress (a subpoena, decision)

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