squeeze / squash

  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    #2
    I've never heard squashing or squeezing when applied to snow in your hand. We pack snowballs, for example. In this case, I might say "compressing" – "compacting" doesn't seem quite right for some reason.
     

    Scott AM

    Senior Member
    English - Canada
    #3
    I would say that "squeeze" is the better word for that picture. When I think of "squash", I think if pressing something flat, or mashing it into a pulp. Could just be me, though.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    #4
    I would say that "squeeze" is the better word for that picture. When I think of "squash", I think if pressing something flat, or mashing it into a pulp. Could just be me, though.
    I agree that "squash" implies that you intend to make it as flat (or possibly as small) as possible. You can squeeze something a little bit. You can squeeze something gently. Squash is generally complete and forceful.
     
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