crushes the bundle down

Couch Tomato

Senior Member
Russian & Dutch
He finds a paper garbage bag and throws everything but the cell phone inside, crushes the bundle down, and ties the mouth of the bag.
(After Dark - Haruki Murakami)

I understand what "crush" means, but what does it mean in conjuction with "down", as used here? What does it add to the meaning?
  • Beryl from Northallerton

    Senior Member
    British English
    I think he means collapsing the bundle, making sure that the contents are as far towards the bottom of the bag as they'll go, so as to facilitate the knotting of its mouth.