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[skwinch] /skwɪntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to contort (the features) or squint.
2.
to squeeze together or contract.
verb (used without object)
3.
to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.
Origin of squinch2
1830-1840
1830-40; origin uncertain; cf. squint
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  • The cowboy nodded gravely and squinched his humorous eyes at the fire.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for squinched

squinch

/skwɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a small arch, corbelling, etc, across an internal corner of a tower, used to support a superstructure such as a spire Also called squinch arch
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete scunch, from Middle English sconcheon, from Old French escoinson, from es-ex-1 + coin corner
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Word Origin and History for squinched

squinch

v.

1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.

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Slang definitions & phrases for squinched

squiggle

noun

The tilde, a sinuous diacritical mark (1980s+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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