And thanks to the heavy police presence, the squatter houses were quiet, too.
The bakery she had founded was now occupied by a squatter who had never heard of the structure's former incarnation.
"settler who occupies land without legal title," 1788, agent noun from squat (v.); in reference to paupers or homeless people in uninhabited buildings, it is recorded from 1880.
early 15c., "crouch on the heels," from Old French esquatir "press down, lay flat, crush," from es- "out" (from Latin ex-) + Old French quatir "press down, flatten," from Vulgar Latin *coactire "press together, force," from Latin coactus, past participle of cogere "to compel, curdle, collect" (see cogent). Related: Squatted; squatting. Slang noun sense of "nothing at all" first attested 1934, probably suggestive of squatting to defecate. The adjective sense of "short, thick" dates from 1620s.
: on campus, where it once was squaresville to flip for the rock scene
A putative city inhabited entirely by dull, conventional people: The Innocent Nihilists Adrift in Squaresville/ Uintimidated by being in the squaresville, which is also the power center of the free world (1960s+ Bop talk)