mash

When you mash something, you crush it. You might, for example, mash a marshmallow by stepping on it.

Recipes for banana bread almost always include an instruction to mash some bananas — in other words, you need to squish and press on them until they no longer look like bananas. A bully might mash your carefully constructed sandcastle, crushing it down to the beach. The word mash seems to be related to mix, both probably rooted in the Proto-Indo-European meik, "to mix."

Definitions of mash
  1. verb
    compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    synonyms: crush, squash, squeeze, squelch
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    wring
    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
    stamp
    crush or grind with a heavy instrument
    steamroller
    crush with a steamroller as if to level
    tread
    crush as if by treading on
    telescope
    crush together or collapse
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    press
    exert pressure or force to or upon
  2. verb
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    mash the garlic”
    synonyms: bray, comminute, crunch, grind
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    pulp
    reduce to pulp
    pestle
    grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
    mill
    grind with a mill
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    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
  3. noun
    a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing
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    sour mash
    a mash with optimum acidity for yeast fermentation; a mixture of old and new mash; used in distilling some whiskeys
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    suspension
    a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
  4. noun
    mixture of ground animal feeds
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    chicken feed, scratch
    dry mash for poultry
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    feed, provender
    food for domestic livestock
  5. verb
    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
    synonyms: butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, philander, romance
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    wanton
    engage in amorous play
    vamp
    act seductively with (someone)
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    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
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