squeeze / squash

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Ansola, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. Ansola Senior Member

    Russian - Russia
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    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.
     
  3. Scott AM

    Scott AM Senior Member

    English - Canada
    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.
     
  4. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    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.
     
  5. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I, too, agree with "squeeze" between the two words squeeze and squash.
     

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