When you squelch something, you're putting an end to it. You can squelch an idea or a rebellion.

This word has several meanings, but it's usually a verb for crushing things. A mean remark could squelch your self-confidence, and a powerful military could squelch an invading country. Squelching can also mean to make a squelch-like sucking sound — or to slop, slosh, splash, and squish through the mud. There's also a type of electric circuit that cuts off when the signal is weak: that's a squelch circuit, which squelches the connection.

Definitions of squelch
  1. verb
    suppress or crush completely
    squelch any sign of dissent”
    synonyms: quell, quench
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    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
  2. verb
    compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    synonyms: crush, mash, squash, squeeze
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    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
    crush or grind with a heavy instrument
    crush with a steamroller as if to level
    crush as if by treading on
    crush together or collapse
    type of:
    exert pressure or force to or upon
  3. verb
    make a sucking sound
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  4. verb
    walk through mud or mire
    synonyms: slop, slosh, splash, splosh, squish
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    footslog, pad, plod, slog, tramp, trudge
    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
  5. noun
    the noise of soft mud being walked on
    synonyms: squish
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    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  6. noun
    a crushing remark
    synonyms: put-down, squelcher, takedown
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    contemptuous laughter
  7. noun
    an electric circuit that cuts off a receiver when the signal becomes weaker than the noise
    synonyms: squelch circuit, squelcher
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    type of:
    circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit
    an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
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