Definition of squeeze in English:



[with object]
  • 1Firmly press (something soft or yielding), typically with one's fingers.

    ‘Kate squeezed his hand affectionately’
    no object ‘he squeezed with all his strength’
    • ‘After several agonising minutes, she squeezed his finger and began to breathe.’
    • ‘The first time we hugged, squeezing each other through thick layers of winter clothing.’
    • ‘When she moved to flick his hand away, he laced his fingers through hers and squeezed a little.’
    • ‘Slip plants from pots by tipping the pot over your hand and tapping, squeezing, or pressing on the bottom.’
    • ‘To prevent bruising, caution should be used to limit squeezing with the finger tips.’
    • ‘Andrew felt a small hand tightly squeeze his shoulder.’
    • ‘He gently squeezed her hand and continued up the stairs to meet the others.’
    • ‘Her smile was soft, and she squeezed the tips of his fingers with her own.’
    • ‘Aiming at the man, his finger nearly squeezed the trigger.’
    • ‘He fit it into the palm of his hand, wrapping his fingers around it and squeezing.’
    • ‘She just squeezed my arm tighter and stared at me with eyes that made me scared.’
    • ‘She squeezed Crystal so tightly that for a moment, the other girl couldn't breathe.’
    • ‘She grabbed one of his cheeks between two fingers and squeezed.’
    • ‘He wrapped his arms around her back and squeezed her tight.’
    • ‘Her hands, which had formerly been clasped in her lap, were now being wrung nervously, her fingers gripping and squeezing those of the other hand and vice-versa.’
    • ‘He aims the gun at her and I see his fingers begin to squeeze the trigger.’
    • ‘Alice squeezed the soft material of her dress between her fingers.’
    • ‘‘Say goodbye’ I say as I squeeze their mittened hands as a way of prompting.’
    • ‘Barb, the very nice nurse, stroked my hair while I squeezed a spongy ball.’
    • ‘The girls held hands, squeezing one another's fingers into their palms in their anticipation.’
    compress, press, crush, squash, pinch, nip, grasp, grip, clutch, flatten, knead
    hug, embrace, cuddle, clasp, crush, clutch, press, enfold, envelop, enclasp, wrap, encircle, fold, take in one's arms, hold tight, hold close, cling to
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial Extract (liquid or a soft substance) from something by compressing or twisting it firmly.
      ‘squeeze out as much juice as you can’
      ‘freshly squeezed orange juice’
      • ‘Strain through muslin cloth, squeezing all liquid from the herbs and blend two parts of the herbal liquid to one part of white vinegar.’
      • ‘When it's smothered with freshly squeezed lemon juice it is by far one of the best fish dishes to be had in all of Taipei.’
      • ‘For the thirsty, there are stalls specializing in freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, papaya milk shakes and cold teas.’
      • ‘She then took her shampoo and squeezed the soapy substance onto her hand, as the smell of roses filled her nostrils.’
      • ‘A subtle mix of freshly squeezed lemons and just-picked pineapples are ready to pleasure the tastebuds.’
      • ‘The plant's four plate presses, which squeeze the water from the sewage, have been unable to process all the sludge coming in because it is so wet.’
      • ‘Orange juice freshly squeezed at the bar is a rarity.’
      • ‘You can also order freshly squeezed fruit juice, watermelon, cucumber or orange, all priced at 15 yuan for each glass.’
      • ‘Although the service was good, the orange juice was freshly squeezed and the coffee had zing, the dining-room somehow lacked ambience at breakfast.’
      • ‘Coconut milk or cream is a thick sweet liquid produced by pouring boiling water over grated coconut, leaving it to cool, and squeezing the liquid from the pulp through a straining cloth.’
      • ‘It was as if we'd used up our daily allowance of breathing material and were reduced to recycling what was left over, like squeezing the last out of second-use teabags.’
      • ‘Drain in a colander and press down with a masher to squeeze out excess liquid.’
      • ‘Naturally, it would take a long time for a very viscous liquid to be squeezed out of a sponge and to percolate to the top.’
      • ‘Leafy greens, such as spinach, can be good if liquid is squeezed out before use.’
      • ‘Saturate a cloth or sponge with vinegar and squeeze the liquid behind the hook so that the vinegar comes in contact with the adhesive.’
      • ‘This allows consumers to squeeze out liquid without having to turn the container round.’
      • ‘We bought a lot of oranges, to have freshly squeezed juice in the mornings.’
      • ‘I had popped into a bar with friends for the customary freshly squeezed orange juice.’
      • ‘Meat pies would be dished up with sauce squeezed by the lady behind the counter and full strength beers would be served in bottles.’
      • ‘Strain through fine muslin, squeezing all liquid from the flowers, and refrigerate.’
      extract, press, force, express
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  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction Manage to get into or through a narrow or restricted space.

    ‘Sarah squeezed in beside her’
    ‘he found a hole in the hedge and squeezed his way through’
    • ‘Will's own helmet lay behind him and to the right-he'd had to take it off to squeeze into the narrow crawl space among the cluster of ancient boulders.’
    • ‘Mac squeezed through the door and dashed out into the sunlight after his prize.’
    • ‘After a bit of deliberation, we squeezed in beside two young women tucking into mountainous Sunday lunches of roast chicken with all the trimmings.’
    • ‘One gate is padlocked - but chained so carelessly a man could squeeze through the gap with ease.’
    • ‘She imagined trying to squeeze through holes so she could get out.’
    • ‘Scott knelt in front of her, squeezing in beside David, and reaching for her free hand.’
    • ‘It was just over two years ago when a big articulated lorry, having deposited a load of shavings by the stables, was having trouble squeezing through the narrow gateway.’
    • ‘She quietly squeezed through the door and walked into the kitchen, holding her breath.’
    • ‘The road is a one-way and thank god for that, because there's no way two-way traffic can squeeze through this narrow and congested street.’
    • ‘The trees were thick and so close together that it would be impossible to squeeze through the gaps.’
    • ‘Inside, people unable to get seats packed the two upstairs galleries and filled the side aisles and whatever space they could squeeze into at the back of the church.’
    • ‘The women squeezed into the corner in a vain attempt to escape her pursuer.’
    • ‘I managed to squeeze through and get down the stairs.’
    • ‘A light flickered within it and she bent down and squeezed through the narrow opening.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire Police scenes of crime manager Michael Hudson said in a report that she had squeezed through a narrow bathroom window in the Bootham house.’
    • ‘I simply squeezed through the gap between them and continued on my way.’
    • ‘Possums can squeeze through very small spaces.’
    • ‘In times past, the vehicles arrived, with the drivers squeezing through the relatively narrow road, and there was a chaotic traffic jam.’
    • ‘At last I reached the door to the showroom and managed to squeeze inside.’
    • ‘Halle appeared beside the window, squeezing through between Lisa and Rebecca.’
    crowd, crush, cram, pack, jam, squash, wedge oneself, shove, push, jostle, force one's way, thrust
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    1. 2.1with object and adverbial of direction Manage to force into or through a narrow or restricted space.
      ‘she squeezed herself into her tightest pair of jeans’
      • ‘Six of us were squeezed into a space less than two metres wide.’
      • ‘He often squeezes himself into tiny spaces - including a luggage rack behind a huge suitcase on a train - as these are the only places where he feels safe.’
      • ‘A plush Volvo of latest make was crawling up a narrow lane squeezing itself into the gap between houses like a gleaming dagger into a tight sheath.’
      • ‘This is not the place to delve into the detail of EMU's flaws, but they boil down to the difficulties of squeezing an array of disparate economies into a single monetary straitjacket.’
      • ‘It's bright and hi-tech with some tables squeezed into too little space.’
      • ‘The car is actually shorter than the Opel Vectra but within its 4.3 metre length it actually manages to squeeze in seven seats.’
      • ‘It in no way involves squeezing yourself into ill-fitting clothes.’
      • ‘The month after, the Edinburgh Jazz And Blues Festival shows it's quality by managing to squeeze 70 events into just 10 days.’
      • ‘He said the developer has managed to squeeze in the required number of parking spaces but only by keeping all sites at a minimum.’
      • ‘In the U.S., 83 percent of us are squeezed into metro areas, and 54 percent live on the coasts.’
      • ‘If we drop some of the ordinance from our bomb bays, we can squeeze you people into our planes' cargo bays.’
      • ‘Only it would have looked more dignified if I didn't have to push and literally squeeze myself through the narrow door.’
      • ‘Soon there were troops, Humvees, tanks and armored vehicles squeezed into every space cleared of landmines.’
      • ‘Unless you believe that a bearded red-clad fat guy squeezes himself down your chimney every Christmas, you probably already realise that this is chairmanspeak.’
      • ‘The carriage is packed, I think: you'd be hard pressed to squeeze even one more passenger on board.’
      • ‘While two-wheelers can be squeezed into narrow by-lanes, car users have to circle the area looking for space.’
      • ‘Chris Donovan squeezed himself between the two of us and folded his arms over his chest.’
      • ‘The Hidden Secrets exhibition strips the history of underwear down to its bare necessities - and even squeezes you into a corset.’
      • ‘Despite repeated attempts by architects to squeeze us into little boxes on top of one another, the proliferation of suburban estates shows what most people want today.’
      • ‘Both literally and figuratively, they seemed squeezed into less space within the chamber.’
      force, thrust, stick, cram, ram, jam, stuff, pack, compress, wedge, press, squash, tamp, drive
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    2. 2.2squeeze upno object Move closer to someone or something so that one is pressed tightly against them or it.
      ‘he guided her toward a seat, motioning for everyone to squeeze up and make room’
      • ‘The swollen brain squeezes up against the inside of the skull, causing more tissue damage.’
      • ‘So much for our nation's finest investigative journalists, most of whom looked like naughty children squeezed up into the front desks so that teacher could keep a better eye on them.’
      • ‘There aren't any seats left, unless I feel like squeezing up between two burly businessmen.’
      • ‘Hardly had there been time for Barry and Robin to leave the hall, give a friendly wave and a smile to the dozens of fans squeezing up against the gates, than the requests for autographs began.’
      • ‘Don't bank on seeing your favourite act, though: as the wheel turns and you jump on to a pod, you never know who you will be squeezed up against.’
      • ‘She grabs my hand and pulls my arm around her waist, then does the same thing to me, squeezing up against my side.’
      • ‘Well if there aren't enough seats, squeeze up, in threes if you can, I like you even better that way…’
      • ‘The kids squeal and laugh and squeeze up against each other, suddenly forming an empty space in the middle.’
      • ‘However, when the younger girls said they did not have any tickets for the seats they were just told to squeeze up.’
      • ‘A fourth squeezes up next to the most studious of them, dropping her book bag down with a thud.’
    3. 2.3squeeze someone/something inwith object Manage to find time for someone or something.
      ‘she may be able to squeeze you in, if you play your cards right’
      • ‘Everald Compton squeezed us in after appointments with Chris Corrigan and Macquarie Bank, and before his flight back to Brisbane.’
      • ‘Because of the late change of plans the wedding was squeezed in before three other couples marrying at the Guildhall in Windsor on Saturday, and will begin at 12.30 pm.’
      • ‘The problem with the practical test is that there's a long waiting list - something like 8 weeks - but you never know, I might be able to squeeze my test in before I go.’
      • ‘He only had fifteen minutes, as he was ‘squeezing me in’, so we had a hi-speed data interchange.’
      • ‘The club games are squeezed in between county and Club championship games.’
      • ‘That doesn't mean bragging about the tough 10-kilometre run you managed to squeeze in during the lunch hour or how much weight you can bench press.’
      • ‘I'll see if I can squeeze you in on next year's list.’
      • ‘Furthermore, Brown says, real students in real classrooms are unlikely ever to see 60 percent of the curriculum, because most teachers simply pick out lessons and squeeze them in whenever possible.’
      • ‘However, where possible, consent cases were squeezed in after or between the longer contested cases, which presented an opportunity to make up lost ground.’
      • ‘Well, I manage to squeeze it in every now and then.’
      • ‘By some small miracle, he's managed to squeeze these Chicago dates into his busy calendar.’
      • ‘After a good bit of haggling she agreed, with an aggrieved sigh, to ‘squeeze us in’ today.’
      • ‘I also squeezed some time in to take the dog for a walk.’
      • ‘He managed to squeeze me in before his next appearance at Douglas College.’
      • ‘However, they managed to squeeze me in, and within 10 minutes I was in a large room where a pleasant lady did the job professionally and quickly.’
      • ‘There are the patients who thank you for squeezing them in and actually mean it!’
      • ‘Maybe you can squeeze in a quick workout if you go straight to the gym from work.’
      • ‘I rocked up a bit early, as I realised that they were squeezing me in, and almost walked straight through.’
      • ‘We'll be right back live with lots of guests and your phone calls, if we can squeeze them in.’
      • ‘Of course, Lorraine is also booked solid (no surprise), but she may be able to squeeze my little girl in.’
  • 3 Obtain (something) from someone with difficulty.

    ‘councils will want to squeeze as much money out of taxpayers as they can’
    • ‘In the process they unearthed evidence that he was squeezing money from businesses in need of his influence.’
    • ‘It's up to us as employers to squeeze a little social justice into the work environments we create.’
    • ‘Then, like the mysterious owner of the Winter Gardens, he could squeeze money out of the council in the form of a loan which he need only pay back when the Government brings back the rack.’
    • ‘I'd thought here was my chance to squeeze some money from Sullivan.’
    • ‘With both feet on the accelerator he also tore into the car-jacking mentality of successive Irish governments that have squeezed billions in taxes from motorists to pay for the public transport snarl-ups.’
    • ‘They are trying to squeeze excess money out of the game's economy.’
    • ‘Try to squeeze the optimum commercial output from your investment and you may destroy the very sport you bought.’
    • ‘In normal circumstances, the airlines would have had to struggle to squeeze money out of Washington.’
    • ‘Billed as a comedy, The Green Butchers certainly squeezes a few audible laughs from you, but mostly the humour is the aftertaste of the film's overarching absurdity, dry and fleeting.’
    • ‘However, even this incentive is arguably little more than a cynical attempt to squeeze extra money out of customers.’
    • ‘Since then she has tried to get the police to squeeze money out of me and has made it very difficult for me.’
    extort, force, extract, wrest, wring, tear from, milk
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    1. 3.1informal with object Pressurize (someone) in order to obtain something from them.
      ‘she used the opportunity to squeeze him for information’
      • ‘We do not begin squeezing Iran to give up its nuclear program.’
      • ‘Over the course of my post-secondary scholastic career my institutions have tried to squeeze me for every dime that they possibly could.’
      • ‘I rather like the idea of squeezing the rich until they spit pips and thus don't favour lowering the top tax rate.’
      • ‘However, the organization is squeezing Nicaragua to accept privatization.’
      • ‘You've got a lot of big-time Republicans squeezing you big-time, if you will, to drop out.’
      • ‘Federal prosecutors squeeze anyone and everyone they can to get someone to flip on big fishes.’
      • ‘Let's try to squeeze him and find out what they really do know.’
      pressurize, pressure, bring pressure to bear on, strong-arm
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    2. 3.2squeeze someone/something outwith object Force someone or something out of an activity or post.
      ‘workers have been squeezed out of their jobs’
      • ‘They claimed shoppers were squeezed out by people who left their cars there all day.’
      • ‘Over the next ten years, the couple believe small garages will be squeezed out by increasingly technical cars.’
      • ‘He expected numerous calls from agents of minor Scottish celebrities anxious they will be squeezed out by some of the world's top celebrities.’
      • ‘Perhaps we will be squeezed out altogether but when you see diseases like avian flu in foreign imports it reaffirms consumer confidence in British poultry.’
      • ‘Perhaps technology is squeezing humans out of warfare.’
      • ‘Buyers of second and holiday homes are squeezing residents out of the market.’
      • ‘Thousands of jobs have been lost, independent gas stations have been squeezed out, and consumer choice eliminated.’
      • ‘Livestock farmers in North Yorkshire today turned to the Internet to hit back at supermarkets they claim are squeezing them out of existence.’
      • ‘The truth is that not all students can afford to pay more, and as educational costs increase for individual students, eventually even middle class families will be squeezed out of academic and career opportunities.’
      • ‘Independents could be squeezed out by two or three big multinationals and that is not in anyone's interest.’
      • ‘The fact is that they were squeezed out, and, sure, they took their little severance cheques with them.’
      • ‘Now donkey owners fear they will be squeezed out by plans - to be considered by councillors tomorrow - to erect a Continental style Super Jumper bungee ride on the sands by Foreshore Road.’
      • ‘We intended to rent a small office building, only to find that we were squeezed out by those who have strong backstage support.’
      • ‘I would have liked to stay at the Drill Field, but we were squeezed out by mounting debts and new safety standards, which we can't afford to pay for.’
      • ‘Cinema has enjoyed a renaissance in Britain with a string of blockbuster hits like the Harry Potter films, but industry insiders always feared that some of the city's cinemas would be squeezed out by the new multiplexes.’
      • ‘And as the major wineries chase more market share, it's being forecast that hundreds of smaller operators could be squeezed out within the next three years.’
      • ‘They see this section of the Act squeezing the small independent fishermen out of the industry.’
      • ‘New buyers have been squeezed out by an unprecedented property boom in the past 8 years.’
      • ‘More and more small farmers will be squeezed out or retire.’
      • ‘As usual these chains, with their eagerness to pay over the odds, will force up rents so that small businesses are squeezed out.’
    3. 3.3with object (especially in a financial or commercial context) have a damaging or restricting effect on.
      ‘the economy is being squeezed by foreign debt repayments’
      • ‘The Anglo-Saxon economies are being squeezed by the huge amount of debt, he said.’
      • ‘Tax rises are squeezing middle-income America, she says.’
      • ‘They could be squeezed between rising wholesale costs and state regulators who will resist pressure to raise retail rates.’
      • ‘In addition, the economic downturn has squeezed funding available from its owners and lower audience figures turned away potential advertisers.’
      • ‘This week, we are reporting extensively on those rising health care costs and how they are squeezing the country's middle class.’
      • ‘His budget is squeezing the Coast Guard, in charge of port security.’
      • ‘The tuition freeze squeezes the university budget in ways in which every unit in the university is finding it extraordinarily hard to operate.’
      • ‘Soaring energy prices are squeezing this country's middle class.’
      • ‘The advertising industry has been squeezed by companies cutting their expenditure in response to the economic downturn.’
      • ‘Profit margins are getting squeezed by stepped-up competition and the advent of Internet technology.’
      • ‘Businesses across Germany, Europe's biggest economy, are increasingly being squeezed by lower prices.’
      • ‘In Australia's case starting profit margins had been squeezed by the early 1980's wage explosion.’
      • ‘If industry profits continue to be squeezed by a weakened economy and an increasing number of problem loans, Young says mergers are assured.’
      • ‘The rising euro and the refusal of the EU commissariat to reflate the EU economy implies that the exporting side of the Irish economy will be squeezed.’
      • ‘He once relied on the lobster season for his income, but ill health halted his sea trawling expeditions and the curtailing of the lobster season is squeezing his already depleted resources.’
      • ‘They seem to have no purpose but to make life more difficult, squeezing our lives while they award themselves more.’
      • ‘School finances are being squeezed at the point that Scotland's ministers are telling us that more is being spent on school education than ever before.’
      • ‘We had voted into power, people who were passing laws to accommodate the greed of the rich, while squeezing the poor.’
    4. 3.4Bridge with object Force (an opponent) to discard a guarding or potentially winning card.
      • ‘The last diamond squeezed East in three suits.’
  • 4squeeze something offinformal Shoot a round or shot from a gun.

    ‘squeeze off a few well-aimed shots’
    • ‘He was too disoriented to aim correctly so he just began squeezing off shots.’
    • ‘Before a single shot could be squeezed off, he grinned wickedly and leaped out of the window.’
    • ‘She just squeezed off another shot, then another and another.’
    • ‘He hopped up from behind his cover and squeezed off a few rounds at Ash.’
    • ‘Danny manages to squeeze off a shot, but it's way too late.’
    • ‘The rifle squeezed off its last two rounds.’
    1. 4.1 Take a photograph.
      ‘he squeezed off a half-dozen Polaroids’
      • ‘A large hawk was flying toward me in the gloom and I squeezed off a few shots even though it was too dark and he was too far away to get a worthwhile image.’
      • ‘I took out my camera and squeezed off a few pictures.’
      • ‘When some large furry visitors turned up his backyard, the Bloomingdale resident squeezed off a couple of snaps.’


  • 1An act of squeezing something.

    ‘a gentle squeeze of the trigger’
    • ‘He gave her a gentle squeeze and kissed her forehead.’
    • ‘He gave her an affectionate squeeze, and that was all that was needed.’
    • ‘‘No, it's a great idea,’ he reached for her hand, enclosing it in his and giving it a little squeeze.’
    • ‘Christopher gave her hands a gentle squeeze as he stood and stepped out.’
    • ‘A freshly picked mango will resist even the gentlest squeeze.’
    • ‘She gave his hand a squeeze and him a gentle smile before circling around.’
    • ‘I reach over slowly and lay my hand on top of his, giving a gentle squeeze.’
    • ‘Jeremy's hand gripped my shoulder, restraint disguised as an affectionate squeeze.’
    • ‘Giving his shoulder an affectionate squeeze, I walked into the bathroom, and looked at myself in the mirror.’
    • ‘She puts her hand on my thigh and gives it a little squeeze.’
    • ‘Jim sighed, then gave his friend's shoulder a gentle squeeze.’
    • ‘A gentle squeeze will push the baby food in the bottle into the spoon attached in front.’
    • ‘One more squeeze of the trigger could have ended the officer's life.’
    • ‘She gives Brian's foot an affectionate squeeze.’
    • ‘She focused again on Vicki, giving her arms a gentle squeeze.’
    • ‘He gave her hand a gentle squeeze before standing and carefully stepping down.’
    • ‘‘It's alright,’ she assured, giving his hands a succession of gentle squeezes.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but give her little thin hand a squeeze.’
    • ‘Dominic's hand slid over, covering hers, and gave her hand a little comforting squeeze.’
    • ‘I am surprised when a long arm gives my shoulders a gentle squeeze and a quick kiss is placed upon my cheek.’
    press, pinch, nip
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    1. 1.1 A hug.
      • ‘He put an arm around my shoulders and gave me a little squeeze.’
      • ‘Giving my little one a reassuring squeeze, I muss her hair with my right hand.’
      • ‘He proceeded to make his way over and give me a hug too, his long, lanky arms encircling me in a tight squeeze.’
      • ‘When he realized I wasn't going to push him away he gave me a little squeeze.’
      • ‘He then felt his senses taking control as he wrapped his own arms round her and gave her a small squeeze.’
      • ‘He gave her a tight squeeze, then backed away a little, holding her face in his hands.’
      • ‘And then, just as he'd really begun to panic, she wrapped her arms around him and gave him a little squeeze.’
      • ‘He put his arm round her waist and gave her a quick squeeze, glancing down at her breasts then leering to camera.’
      • ‘With a warm smile, Angela gave Tia a tight squeeze before heading for the door.’
      • ‘I gave him a quick tight squeeze and sat up further as he finally let go and sat up also.’
      • ‘Jerred rushed into the house and picked me up in a tight squeeze and twirled me around.’
      hug, embrace, cuddle, clasp, hold
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    2. 1.2 A state of being forced into a small or restricted space.
      ‘it was a tight squeeze in the tiny hall’
      • ‘We have a two-door 1991 Honda Civic, and trust me, it's a tight squeeze back there.’
      • ‘There is access to the lower deck and engine room but this is a tight squeeze and not really worth the effort.’
      • ‘We only had a small room and a big class so it was a tight squeeze.’
      • ‘Rail commuters faced a tight squeeze and delays as rail staff experienced ‘teething’ problems with new trains this morning.’
      • ‘MSPs who have failed to take the Scottish Executive's advice on healthy eating may find the new seats of power at Holyrood a bit of a tight squeeze.’
      • ‘It's a tight squeeze and on the spartan side, truth be told, but there is a definite cool factor.’
      • ‘It was a tight squeeze because now there was a TV in the backseat.’
      • ‘It was a tight squeeze, but he did it one leg at a time.’
      • ‘A squeeze round a large block and a length of crawl leads to a 6m pitch into a chamber.’
      • ‘It was a tight squeeze in his truck, but none of us cared.’
      • ‘But man, it was a tight squeeze around the sales tables.’
      • ‘OK, so fitting in four reasonably sized adults may be a tight squeeze, especially with luggage, but for a car of its size it packs a mighty punch.’
      • ‘On one side, the bench is close to the table, creating a tight squeeze.’
      • ‘At 5ft 9in he admits it was a tight squeeze in his bunk, with very little room to spare.’
      • ‘There has just been a death in the family, the wake is about to begin and the coffin is taking up most of the room, making it a tight squeeze for everyone.’
      • ‘The vent itself was a tight squeeze but the heroes were able to crawl through until they found themselves looking through a vent beneath them.’
      • ‘There are several awkward squeezes round blocks, and then the end is reached - a total boulder choke.’
      • ‘It would be a tight squeeze, but an escape vehicle was an escape vehicle.’
      • ‘It was a tight squeeze, but with me sitting on Mark's lap, Kelly on Todd's, and Christy on Will, we managed to fit.’
      • ‘We could all fit in the station wagon but it would be a tight squeeze.’
      crush, jam, squash, press, huddle, tightly packed crowd
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    3. 1.3dated A crowded social gathering.
      • ‘Also on Friday, join the DJs and special acts for a tight squeeze over at Missy Bar.’
      social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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    4. 1.4 A small amount of liquid extracted from something by squeezing.
      ‘a squeeze of lemon juice’
      • ‘Finish with a squeeze of lime, and serve.’
      • ‘The meal began with a rockmelon cut into halves, the flavour sharpened with a squeeze of juice from a homegrown lemon.’
      • ‘Cold vermicelli is thrown in, a generous squeeze of lime is added and for $1.99 a gorgeous bowlful, it's yours.’
      • ‘At its most basic, the dipping sauce will be fish sauce, sliced chillies (the tiny, scarily hot bird's beak variety) and a squeeze of lime.’
      • ‘I tore each one limb from limb, doused it with a squeeze of lemon and then a good dip in the butter.’
      • ‘Top the steak with a tangy sauce, like salsa verde, or even a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of salt, and it matches a wide range of wines.’
      • ‘Also on the seafood tip, the grilled sardines are a good buy at $4 for two fish, simple and tasty with a squeeze of lemon.’
      • ‘A squeeze of lime juice is vital to many classic dishes.’
      • ‘It's also good with a squeeze of lemon or shavings of Parmesan tossed through at the end.’
      • ‘They need nothing more than a squeeze of lemon to achieve greatness.’
      • ‘There are dozens of different ways to make it, but I enjoy it with a squeeze of lime.’
      • ‘I think I'll just borrow some of the guacamole flavours, like the chillies and coriander, and combine them with mozzarella and a generous squeeze of lime.’
      • ‘Keep the kebabs warm or serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon or lime.’
      • ‘Add the vanilla essence once the sugar is dissolved and a squeeze of lemon to thicken the syrup.’
      • ‘From the moment he tips his porridge down his pyjamas in the morning until the last squeeze of toothpaste he smears in his hair at night, he is never, ever even remotely clean.’
      • ‘Slice and fry them, and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.’
      • ‘A squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of raita, and a couple of chapattis made his meal complete.’
      • ‘Low-cal extras like salsa, cilantro and a squeeze of lime also add lots of flavor.’
      • ‘Bind it with some of the olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.’
      • ‘Try it with a squeeze of lemon instead of butter and see how the flavour bursts through.’
      drop, few drops, dash, splash, dribble, trickle, spot, hint, touch, bit
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  • 2A strong financial demand or pressure, typically a restriction on borrowing, spending, or investment in a financial crisis.

    ‘industry faced higher costs and a squeeze on profits’
    • ‘In the oil market, the problem is mainly one of strong, sustained demand not, as in previous oil squeezes, artificial restrictions to supply.’
    • ‘To pay for that, he needs a severe squeeze on government spending, and it's not yet clear if he can push these two programmes through both Houses of Congress.’
    • ‘But the squeeze on profitability continues, as does the pressure on services.’
    • ‘Having come from the advertising side of the business, Marsh is not out to put an even greater financial squeeze on her former colleagues.’
    • ‘However, the double impact of higher oil prices and rising interest rates would see a notable squeeze on household spending and belt-tightening across the economy.’
    • ‘Auto makers put such a squeeze on suppliers that it was impossible to make decent margins.’
    • ‘The new system will cap reimbursements to hospitals and nursing homes, putting a squeeze on facilities to cut costs.’
    • ‘The squeeze on households has put pressure on the retail sector, which is in the grip of its toughest spell for around 20 years.’
    • ‘Rising sales will help to offset the squeeze on profit margins as productivity slows and costs pick up.’
    • ‘Consequently, the intense squeeze on profits has led to aggressive cost-cutting that is fueling a wave of lay-offs.’
    • ‘But even the most creative agencies are losing accounts and feeling the squeeze of financial pressures.’
    • ‘The resulting squeeze on profit margins would curb investment, triggering recession.’
    • ‘That could put a big squeeze on profits.’
    • ‘A very strong cost performance has compensated for the squeeze on margins on both the banking and life side.’
    • ‘Those rising prices just one part of the financial squeeze on the middle-class in this country.’
    • ‘This puts a short-term squeeze on my finances, but at least I know that my long game is up to scratch.’
    • ‘The president has ordered a severe squeeze on spending programmes.’
    • ‘The squeeze on budgets is one reason why consumers seem to be waiting for retailers to start discounting again.’
    • ‘Rapidly rising producer prices can put a squeeze on corporate profit margins, causing stocks to decline.’
    • ‘A spate of profit warnings from high street chains is testimony to the impact of higher oil prices, increases in council tax, dearer mortgages and a squeeze on real income growth.’
    1. 2.1informal mass noun Money illegally extorted or exacted from someone.
      ‘he was out to extract some squeeze from her’
    2. 2.2Bridge A tactic that forces an opponent to discard an important card.
      • ‘It provides some scope for interesting card play, including squeezes.’
  • 3A moulding or cast of an object, or an impression or copy of a design, obtained by pressing a pliable substance round or over it.

    • ‘Other processes such as lost foam, squeeze casting, and hot isostatic pressing are also mentioned.’
  • 4North American informal A person's girlfriend or boyfriend.

    ‘the poor guy just lost his main squeeze’
    • ‘Beyond our hero and his faithful squeeze, though, we're offered a supporting cast comprised of the veritable cream of British comedy.’
    • ‘I've just read he broke up with his latest squeeze, and I'll ask him about that.’
    • ‘Now, Adele, who was once his main squeeze and still carries a torch for him, must convince him to give up his drinking and start swinging the clubs again.’
    • ‘But sometimes he has forgotten, making for a few awkward moments in the theatre as his squeeze of the moment recognized a piece of pillow talk.’
    • ‘This is a decent rental for a weekend night with your main squeeze.’
    • ‘Ever been through a horrendous break up with your main squeeze and felt lonely, upset, tired, and unloved?’
    • ‘Their songs were tailor-made for top-down summer twilight drives through Fairmount Park with your main squeeze.’
    girlfriend, girl, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, fiancée
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  • 5Baseball
    An act of hitting a ball short to the infield to enable a runner on third base to start for home as soon as the ball is pitched.

    • ‘Angels skipper Mike Scioscia put on a squeeze play, with the slothlike Molina advancing down the third base line like a wandering buffalo.’
    • ‘The Dodgers once had a squeeze call that required the third base coach, Leo Durocher, calling the base runner by his last name.’
    • ‘Let's say the White Sox have Chris Singleton on third with one out when Ray Durham attempts a safety squeeze bunt.’
    • ‘Panned as a push-button manager, Cox last year called for more squeeze plays and more double steals than any manager in the National League.’
    • ‘The second game was won by Detroit on a squeeze bunt in the late innings.’


  • put the squeeze on

    • informal Coerce or pressurize (someone).

      • ‘Tougher competition from supermarket chains, falling income from warranties, and upcoming rate and rent reviews are all putting the squeeze on Dixons high street performance, The Observer says.’
      • ‘The reason I got shot was two different families were trying to put the squeeze on me.’
      • ‘They had the bases loaded, and he put the squeeze on.’
      • ‘Just remember that despite the fiscal retrenchment and dramatic cuts in spending in the mid 80s, there was a great fear that we would default on our debt and the World Bank was putting the squeeze on countries like Ireland.’
      • ‘This was always about putting the squeeze on what ministers considered a highly profitable sector, with even greater long-term possibilities.’
      • ‘While the NHS is a good cause, it puts the squeeze on when the market has not yet fully recovered.’
      • ‘Police are putting the squeeze on car crime on two Bradford estates.’
      • ‘Soaring drug costs are putting the squeeze on politically powerful seniors along with cash-strapped states and municipalities.’
      • ‘Coming up next: putting the squeeze on the middle-class, staggering increases in home prices in this country, staggering increases in the cost of health care and education.’
      • ‘He's got some deliveries coming in that he needs to pay for, and maybe the bank is putting the squeeze on.’
      pressurize, pressure, bring pressure to bear on, strong-arm
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  • squeeze one's eyes shut (or closed)

    • Close one's eyes tightly.


Mid 16th century: from earlier squise, from obsolete queise, of unknown origin.