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Physical actionPlay
'Squish' indicates using hands or feet to deform something, often involving a gentle or playful quality. SlideWhen we walked through the garden, we could squish the ripe fallen fruit with our toes.
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Soft materialsPlay
It is commonly used for soft, malleable objects that easily change shape, not hard objects. SlideYou can't really squish a rock, but you can squish a sponge.
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Often playfulPlay
'Squish' sometimes involves a playful connotation, less serious than 'crush'. SlideThe kids love to squish playdough into different shapes.