3. thrust, push, shove, press, wedge, pack, ram, force, jam, crowd, stuff, cramp, Obs. constipate.
4. hug, embrace, take into one's arms, clasp, press to one's bosom, embosom, enfold, Sl. clinch; clasp or shake hands, clutch, grasp, hold onto, grip.
5. Informal, extort, wrest, wrench, tear from, wring, extract; blackmail, milk, Inf. bleed, get out of, pry out, obtain by force; shake down, Inf. put the bite or shake on, put the arm on [s.o.], Sl. lean on or against, put the screws to [s.o.].
squeeze through press forward, make one's way, wedge, slip through, Inf. elbow or shoulder one's way, shove or push through, fight one's way through. -n. 7. compression, pinching, pressing together, constriction, constringency; crowding, crushing, packing, cramming, ramming, stuffing, wedging, cramping; condensation, condensing, concentration, consolidation, compaction, compacting; shortage, shortening, reduction, reducing, retrenchment, contraction, contracting; curtailment, cut, cutting down or back, cutting short; decrease, diminution, subtraction, sub-duction, narrowing, bridging; abbreviation, abridging, abstracting, summarizing, digesting, epitomizing, synopsizing.
8. hug, embrace, clasp, tight hold, Sl. clinch, bear hug; handclasp, handshake, grasp, grip, clutch.
9. small quantity, drip, drop, droplet, particle, pinch, bit, dab, spot, mite, speck, dash.
10. Informal, coercion, force, extortion, blackmail, shakedown, exaction; wrenching, wringing, extraction, elicitation, milking, Inf. bleeding.
squelch, v. 1. squash, crush down, mash, smash, smush, ram, crunch, Dial, squish, strike or press forcefully; pulp, masticate, knead; pulverize, granulate, powder; stamp on, fall on, trample on; squeeze, compress, compact, flatten; stuff, cram, crowd, overcrowd, pack.
2. subdue, put down, quell, quash, suppress, repress; overthrow, subvert, overpower, overcome, overwhelm; conquer, vanquish, defeat, topple, cause the downfall of; extinguish, quench, snuff out, kill, stamp out, put out; smother, stifle, strangle, choke; terminate, dissolve, stop, cut short; check, Inf. put the kibosh on, put the lid on, sit on or upon, sit down on, crack down on, clamp down on, shoot down, slap down, smack down; keep down, hold down, keep under; silence, still, hush, shush, muffle, muzzle, quiet; deflate, take the wind out of [s.o.'s] sails, Inf. settle [s.o.'s] hash, take down a peg or two, humiliate.
3. squish, swish, swash, whish, slosh, plash, splash, slush, splotch.
-n. 4. pulp, mash, mush, pap, paste, squash.
5. squish, swish, swash, whish, slosh, plash, splash, slush, splotch.
6. quelling, quashing, suppression, repression; overthrow, subversion, vanquishment, defeat; termination, dissolution, check; extinguishment, extinction, quenching, killing, smothering, stifling.
7. Informal, retort, riposte, barb, Sl. put-down, comeback, rejoinder, quip, sally.
squint, v. 1. skew, look askance, look sidewise, glance obliquely, look out of the corner of one's eye; look out of half-closed eyes, peer, peek, peep; blink, wink, nictitate.
squint toward or
at refer to indirectly, allude to, infer, imply, intimate, insinuate, suggest, hint; tend toward, incline toward, lean toward, be prone to, be prejudiced toward.
-n. 3. Informal, glance, side glance, brief or quick look.
4. indirect reference, allusion, inference, implication,
My Account / Test History
Most children in England and Wales follow this route in the state system (= free education).
• You go to school (as a pupil to study) and go to university (as a student to study). You don’t use the definite article ‘the’ here. Other expressions like this are go to bed (to sleep); go into hospital (when you are ill); go to church (to pray / to worship).
• In some areas of the UK there are not many grammar schools.
• There are also public schools. In fact, these are private, and parents pay to send their children there. Some are expensive. About 5% of the population go to public schools.
A school timetable
Maths is an abbreviation of mathematics.
As you can see, the pupils have five lessons every day, and altogether they do (= study) eleven subjects a week plus Physical Education (PE). Every morning they have a twenty-minute break. There are three terms (= periods of continuous work) in a school year, and the timetable changes every year.
Note: Some words in English which end in ‘s’ look plural, but in fact they are singular: Maths isn’t my favourite subject, and physics is very difficult.
Most nouns of this type refer to subjects; other examples are economics and politics.