Definition of squeeze in English:



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

    ‘Kate squeezed his hand affectionately’
    no object ‘he squeezed with all his strength’
    • ‘Slip plants from pots by tipping the pot over your hand and tapping, squeezing, or pressing on the bottom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alice squeezed the soft material of her dress between her fingers.’
    • ‘She just squeezed my arm tighter and stared at me with eyes that made me scared.’
    • ‘The girls held hands, squeezing one another's fingers into their palms in their anticipation.’
    • ‘He aims the gun at her and I see his fingers begin to squeeze the trigger.’
    • ‘‘Say goodbye’ I say as I squeeze their mittened hands as a way of prompting.’
    • ‘He gently squeezed her hand and continued up the stairs to meet the others.’
    • ‘After several agonising minutes, she squeezed his finger and began to breathe.’
    • ‘Andrew felt a small hand tightly squeeze his shoulder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To prevent bruising, caution should be used to limit squeezing with the finger tips.’
    • ‘He wrapped his arms around her back and squeezed her tight.’
    • ‘She squeezed Crystal so tightly that for a moment, the other girl couldn't breathe.’
    • ‘When she moved to flick his hand away, he laced his fingers through hers and squeezed a little.’
    • ‘The first time we hugged, squeezing each other through thick layers of winter clothing.’
    • ‘She grabbed one of his cheeks between two fingers and squeezed.’
    • ‘He fit it into the palm of his hand, wrapping his fingers around it and squeezing.’
    • ‘Barb, the very nice nurse, stroked my hair while I squeezed a spongy ball.’
    compress, press, crush, squash, pinch, nip, grasp, grip, clutch, flatten, knead
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    1. 1.1 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We bought a lot of oranges, to have freshly squeezed juice in the mornings.’
      • ‘Strain through muslin cloth, squeezing all liquid from the herbs and blend two parts of the herbal liquid to one part of white vinegar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A subtle mix of freshly squeezed lemons and just-picked pineapples are ready to pleasure the tastebuds.’
      • ‘Meat pies would be dished up with sauce squeezed by the lady behind the counter and full strength beers would be served in bottles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Saturate a cloth or sponge with vinegar and squeeze the liquid behind the hook so that the vinegar comes in contact with the adhesive.’
      • ‘Orange juice freshly squeezed at the bar is a rarity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can also order freshly squeezed fruit juice, watermelon, cucumber or orange, all priced at 15 yuan for each glass.’
      • ‘Strain through fine muslin, squeezing all liquid from the flowers, and refrigerate.’
      • ‘For the thirsty, there are stalls specializing in freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, papaya milk shakes and cold teas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She then took her shampoo and squeezed the soapy substance onto her hand, as the smell of roses filled her nostrils.’
      • ‘I had popped into a bar with friends for the customary freshly squeezed orange juice.’
      • ‘Although the service was good, the orange juice was freshly squeezed and the coffee had zing, the dining-room somehow lacked ambience at breakfast.’
      • ‘This allows consumers to squeeze out liquid without having to turn the container round.’
      • ‘Drain in a colander and press down with a masher to squeeze out excess liquid.’
      • ‘Leafy greens, such as spinach, can be good if liquid is squeezed out before use.’
      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’
    • ‘A light flickered within it and she bent down and squeezed through the narrow opening.’
    • ‘Scott knelt in front of her, squeezing in beside David, and reaching for her free hand.’
    • ‘Mac squeezed through the door and dashed out into the sunlight after his prize.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 trees were thick and so close together that it would be impossible to squeeze through the gaps.’
    • ‘Possums can squeeze through very small spaces.’
    • ‘She imagined trying to squeeze through holes so she could get out.’
    • ‘Halle appeared beside the window, squeezing through between Lisa and Rebecca.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I managed to squeeze through and get down the stairs.’
    • ‘After a bit of deliberation, we squeezed in beside two young women tucking into mountainous Sunday lunches of roast chicken with all the trimmings.’
    • ‘The women squeezed into the corner in a vain attempt to escape her pursuer.’
    • ‘I simply squeezed through the gap between them and continued on my way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One gate is padlocked - but chained so carelessly a man could squeeze through the gap with ease.’
    • ‘In times past, the vehicles arrived, with the drivers squeezing through the relatively narrow road, and there was a chaotic traffic jam.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At last I reached the door to the showroom and managed to squeeze inside.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said the developer has managed to squeeze in the required number of parking spaces but only by keeping all sites at a minimum.’
      • ‘The carriage is packed, I think: you'd be hard pressed to squeeze even one more passenger on board.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's bright and hi-tech with some tables squeezed into too little space.’
      • ‘While two-wheelers can be squeezed into narrow by-lanes, car users have to circle the area looking for space.’
      • ‘In the U.S., 83 percent of us are squeezed into metro areas, and 54 percent live on the coasts.’
      • ‘Only it would have looked more dignified if I didn't have to push and literally squeeze myself through the narrow door.’
      • ‘Chris Donovan squeezed himself between the two of us and folded his arms over his chest.’
      • ‘The month after, the Edinburgh Jazz And Blues Festival shows it's quality by managing to squeeze 70 events into just 10 days.’
      • ‘Both literally and figuratively, they seemed squeezed into less space within the chamber.’
      • ‘The Hidden Secrets exhibition strips the history of underwear down to its bare necessities - and even squeezes you into a corset.’
      • ‘Soon there were troops, Humvees, tanks and armored vehicles squeezed into every space cleared of landmines.’
      • ‘It in no way involves squeezing yourself into ill-fitting clothes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If we drop some of the ordinance from our bomb bays, we can squeeze you people into our planes' cargo bays.’
      • ‘The car is actually shorter than the Opel Vectra but within its 4.3 metre length it actually manages to squeeze in seven seats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Six of us were squeezed into a space less than two metres wide.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, when the younger girls said they did not have any tickets for the seats they were just told to squeeze up.’
      • ‘The swollen brain squeezes up against the inside of the skull, causing more tissue damage.’
      • ‘She grabs my hand and pulls my arm around her waist, then does the same thing to me, squeezing up against my side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.
      ‘the doctor can squeeze you in at noon’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a good bit of haggling she agreed, with an aggrieved sigh, to ‘squeeze us in’ today.’
      • ‘Everald Compton squeezed us in after appointments with Chris Corrigan and Macquarie Bank, and before his flight back to Brisbane.’
      • ‘There are the patients who thank you for squeezing them in and actually mean it!’
      • ‘Well, I manage to squeeze it in every now and then.’
      • ‘We'll be right back live with lots of guests and your phone calls, if we can squeeze them in.’
      • ‘He only had fifteen minutes, as he was ‘squeezing me in’, so we had a hi-speed data interchange.’
      • ‘I also squeezed some time in to take the dog for a walk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'll see if I can squeeze you in on next year's list.’
      • ‘Of course, Lorraine is also booked solid (no surprise), but she may be able to squeeze my little girl in.’
      • ‘I rocked up a bit early, as I realised that they were squeezing me in, and almost walked straight through.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, where possible, consent cases were squeezed in after or between the longer contested cases, which presented an opportunity to make up lost ground.’
      • ‘The club games are squeezed in between county and Club championship games.’
      • ‘By some small miracle, he's managed to squeeze these Chicago dates into his busy calendar.’
      • ‘Maybe you can squeeze in a quick workout if you go straight to the gym from work.’
  • 3with object and adverbial Obtain (something) from someone with difficulty.

    ‘a governor who wants to squeeze as much money out of taxpayers as he can’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since then she has tried to get the police to squeeze money out of me and has made it very difficult for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's up to us as employers to squeeze a little social justice into the work environments we create.’
    • ‘Try to squeeze the optimum commercial output from your investment and you may destroy the very sport you bought.’
    • ‘In the process they unearthed evidence that he was squeezing money from businesses in need of his influence.’
    • ‘In normal circumstances, the airlines would have had to struggle to squeeze money out of Washington.’
    • ‘I'd thought here was my chance to squeeze some money from Sullivan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are trying to squeeze excess money out of the game's economy.’
    • ‘However, even this incentive is arguably little more than a cynical attempt to squeeze extra money out of customers.’
    extort, force, extract, wrest, wring, tear from, milk
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    1. 3.1informal with object Pressure (someone) in order to obtain something from them.
      ‘she used the opportunity to squeeze him for information’
      • ‘Federal prosecutors squeeze anyone and everyone they can to get someone to flip on big fishes.’
      • ‘I rather like the idea of squeezing the rich until they spit pips and thus don't favour lowering the top tax rate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You've got a lot of big-time Republicans squeezing you big-time, if you will, to drop out.’
      • ‘Let's try to squeeze him and find out what they really do know.’
      • ‘However, the organization is squeezing Nicaragua to accept privatization.’
      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 a domain or activity.
      ‘workers have been squeezed out of their jobs’
      • ‘Over the next ten years, the couple believe small garages will be squeezed out by increasingly technical cars.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Independents could be squeezed out by two or three big multinationals and that is not in anyone's interest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He expected numerous calls from agents of minor Scottish celebrities anxious they will be squeezed out by some of the world's top celebrities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More and more small farmers will be squeezed out or retire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We intended to rent a small office building, only to find that we were squeezed out by those who have strong backstage support.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘New buyers have been squeezed out by an unprecedented property boom in the past 8 years.’
      • ‘As usual these chains, with their eagerness to pay over the odds, will force up rents so that small businesses are squeezed out.’
      • ‘They claimed shoppers were squeezed out by people who left their cars there all day.’
      • ‘They see this section of the Act squeezing the small independent fishermen out of the industry.’
      • ‘Livestock farmers in North Yorkshire today turned to the Internet to hit back at supermarkets they claim are squeezing them out of existence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps technology is squeezing humans out of warfare.’
      • ‘The fact is that they were squeezed out, and, sure, they took their little severance cheques with them.’
    3. 3.3 (especially in a financial or commercial context) have a damaging or restricting effect on.
      ‘the economy is being squeezed by foreign debt repayments’
      • ‘The advertising industry has been squeezed by companies cutting their expenditure in response to the economic downturn.’
      • ‘The Anglo-Saxon economies are being squeezed by the huge amount of debt, he said.’
      • ‘In Australia's case starting profit margins had been squeezed by the early 1980's wage explosion.’
      • ‘Profit margins are getting squeezed by stepped-up competition and the advent of Internet technology.’
      • ‘We had voted into power, people who were passing laws to accommodate the greed of the rich, while squeezing the poor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His budget is squeezing the Coast Guard, in charge of port security.’
      • ‘If industry profits continue to be squeezed by a weakened economy and an increasing number of problem loans, Young says mergers are assured.’
      • ‘This week, we are reporting extensively on those rising health care costs and how they are squeezing the country's middle class.’
      • ‘Soaring energy prices are squeezing this country's middle class.’
      • ‘Tax rises are squeezing middle-income America, she says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, the economic downturn has squeezed funding available from its owners and lower audience figures turned away potential advertisers.’
      • ‘They could be squeezed between rising wholesale costs and state regulators who will resist pressure to raise retail rates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Businesses across Germany, Europe's biggest economy, are increasingly being squeezed by lower prices.’
      • ‘They seem to have no purpose but to make life more difficult, squeezing our lives while they award themselves more.’
      • ‘The tuition freeze squeezes the university budget in ways in which every unit in the university is finding it extraordinarily hard to operate.’
    4. 3.4 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’
    • ‘Danny manages to squeeze off a shot, but it's way too late.’
    • ‘She just squeezed off another shot, then another and another.’
    • ‘He was too disoriented to aim correctly so he just began squeezing off shots.’
    • ‘The rifle squeezed off its last two rounds.’
    • ‘He hopped up from behind his cover and squeezed off a few rounds at Ash.’
    • ‘Before a single shot could be squeezed off, he grinned wickedly and leaped out of the window.’
    1. 4.1 Take a photograph.
      ‘he squeezed off a half-dozen Polaroids’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1An act of pressing something with one's fingers.

    ‘a gentle squeeze of the trigger’
    • ‘Dominic's hand slid over, covering hers, and gave her hand a little comforting squeeze.’
    • ‘She gave his hand a squeeze and him a gentle smile before circling around.’
    • ‘He gave her hand a gentle squeeze before standing and carefully stepping down.’
    • ‘I reach over slowly and lay my hand on top of his, giving a gentle squeeze.’
    • ‘A gentle squeeze will push the baby food in the bottle into the spoon attached in front.’
    • ‘Jeremy's hand gripped my shoulder, restraint disguised as an affectionate squeeze.’
    • ‘He gave her an affectionate squeeze, and that was all that was needed.’
    • ‘Christopher gave her hands a gentle squeeze as he stood and stepped out.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but give her little thin hand a squeeze.’
    • ‘‘It's alright,’ she assured, giving his hands a succession of gentle squeezes.’
    • ‘She gives Brian's foot an affectionate squeeze.’
    • ‘A freshly picked mango will resist even the gentlest squeeze.’
    • ‘She puts her hand on my thigh and gives it a little squeeze.’
    • ‘‘No, it's a great idea,’ he reached for her hand, enclosing it in his and giving it a little squeeze.’
    • ‘I am surprised when a long arm gives my shoulders a gentle squeeze and a quick kiss is placed upon my cheek.’
    • ‘Jim sighed, then gave his friend's shoulder a gentle squeeze.’
    • ‘One more squeeze of the trigger could have ended the officer's life.’
    • ‘She focused again on Vicki, giving her arms a gentle squeeze.’
    • ‘He gave her a gentle squeeze and kissed her forehead.’
    • ‘Giving his shoulder an affectionate squeeze, I walked into the bathroom, and looked at myself in the mirror.’
    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.’
      • ‘He put his arm round her waist and gave her a quick squeeze, glancing down at her breasts then leering to camera.’
      • ‘And then, just as he'd really begun to panic, she wrapped her arms around him and gave him a little squeeze.’
      • ‘I gave him a quick tight squeeze and sat up further as he finally let go and sat up also.’
      • ‘He gave her a tight squeeze, then backed away a little, holding her face in his hands.’
      • ‘Jerred rushed into the house and picked me up in a tight squeeze and twirled me around.’
      • ‘When he realized I wasn't going to push him away he gave me a little squeeze.’
      • ‘With a warm smile, Angela gave Tia a tight squeeze before heading for the door.’
      • ‘He then felt his senses taking control as he wrapped his own arms round her and gave her a small squeeze.’
      hug, embrace, cuddle, clasp, hold
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    2. 1.2 A state of forcing oneself or being forced into a small or restricted space.
      ‘it was a tight squeeze in the tiny hall’
      • ‘It was a tight squeeze, but he did it one leg at a time.’
      • ‘We could all fit in the station wagon but it would be a tight squeeze.’
      • ‘But man, it was a tight squeeze around the sales tables.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a tight squeeze and on the spartan side, truth be told, but there is a definite cool factor.’
      • ‘There is access to the lower deck and engine room but this is a tight squeeze and not really worth the effort.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A squeeze round a large block and a length of crawl leads to a 6m pitch into a chamber.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have a two-door 1991 Honda Civic, and trust me, it's a tight squeeze back there.’
      • ‘There are several awkward squeezes round blocks, and then the end is reached - a total boulder choke.’
      • ‘It was a tight squeeze because now there was a TV in the backseat.’
      • ‘It would be a tight squeeze, but an escape vehicle was an escape vehicle.’
      • ‘It was a tight squeeze in his truck, but none of us cared.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 pressing it firmly with one's fingers.
      ‘a squeeze of lemon juice’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They need nothing more than a squeeze of lemon to achieve greatness.’
      • ‘Try it with a squeeze of lemon instead of butter and see how the flavour bursts through.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Low-cal extras like salsa, cilantro and a squeeze of lime also add lots of flavor.’
      • ‘A squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of raita, and a couple of chapattis made his meal complete.’
      • ‘It's also good with a squeeze of lemon or shavings of Parmesan tossed through at the end.’
      • ‘The meal began with a rockmelon cut into halves, the flavour sharpened with a squeeze of juice from a homegrown lemon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I tore each one limb from limb, doused it with a squeeze of lemon and then a good dip in the butter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Add the vanilla essence once the sugar is dissolved and a squeeze of lemon to thicken the syrup.’
      • ‘Cold vermicelli is thrown in, a generous squeeze of lime is added and for $1.99 a gorgeous bowlful, it's yours.’
      • ‘Keep the kebabs warm or serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon or lime.’
      • ‘There are dozens of different ways to make it, but I enjoy it with a squeeze of lime.’
      • ‘A squeeze of lime juice is vital to many classic dishes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Slice and fry them, and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.’
      • ‘Finish with a squeeze of lime, and serve.’
      • ‘Bind it with some of the olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The president has ordered a severe squeeze on spending programmes.’
    • ‘Rapidly rising producer prices can put a squeeze on corporate profit margins, causing stocks to decline.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This puts a short-term squeeze on my finances, but at least I know that my long game is up to scratch.’
    • ‘The squeeze on budgets is one reason why consumers seem to be waiting for retailers to start discounting again.’
    • ‘A very strong cost performance has compensated for the squeeze on margins on both the banking and life side.’
    • ‘Auto makers put such a squeeze on suppliers that it was impossible to make decent margins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consequently, the intense squeeze on profits has led to aggressive cost-cutting that is fueling a wave of lay-offs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the oil market, the problem is mainly one of strong, sustained demand not, as in previous oil squeezes, artificial restrictions to supply.’
    • ‘The squeeze on households has put pressure on the retail sector, which is in the grip of its toughest spell for around 20 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those rising prices just one part of the financial squeeze on the middle-class in this country.’
    • ‘That could put a big squeeze on profits.’
    • ‘The new system will cap reimbursements to hospitals and nursing homes, putting a squeeze on facilities to cut costs.’
    • ‘Rising sales will help to offset the squeeze on profit margins as productivity slows and costs pick up.’
    1. 2.1informal Money illegally extorted or exacted from someone.
      ‘he was out to extract some squeeze from her’
    2. 2.2 A tactic that forces an opponent to discard an important card.
      • ‘It provides some scope for interesting card play, including squeezes.’
  • 3A molding or cast of an object, or an impression or copy of a design, obtained by pressing a pliable substance around 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ever been through a horrendous break up with your main squeeze and felt lonely, upset, tired, and unloved?’
    • ‘This is a decent rental for a weekend night with your main squeeze.’
    • ‘Beyond our hero and his faithful squeeze, though, we're offered a supporting cast comprised of the veritable cream of British comedy.’
    • ‘Their songs were tailor-made for top-down summer twilight drives through Fairmount Park with your main squeeze.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've just read he broke up with his latest squeeze, and I'll ask him about that.’
    girlfriend, girl, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, fiancée
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  • 5An act of bunting a ball in order to enable a runner on third base to start for home as soon as the ball is pitched.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Angels skipper Mike Scioscia put on a squeeze play, with the slothlike Molina advancing down the third base line like a wandering buffalo.’
    • ‘Let's say the White Sox have Chris Singleton on third with one out when Ray Durham attempts a safety squeeze bunt.’
    • ‘The second game was won by Detroit on a squeeze bunt in the late innings.’
    • ‘The Dodgers once had a squeeze call that required the third base coach, Leo Durocher, calling the base runner by his last name.’


  • put the squeeze on

    • informal Coerce or pressure (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.’
      • ‘Soaring drug costs are putting the squeeze on politically powerful seniors along with cash-strapped states and municipalities.’
      • ‘While the NHS is a good cause, it puts the squeeze on when the market has not yet fully recovered.’
      • ‘This was always about putting the squeeze on what ministers considered a highly profitable sector, with even greater long-term possibilities.’
      • ‘He's got some deliveries coming in that he needs to pay for, and maybe the bank is putting 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.’
      • ‘Police are putting the squeeze on car crime on two Bradford estates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They had the bases loaded, and he put the squeeze on.’
      • ‘The reason I got shot was two different families were trying to put the squeeze on me.’
      pressurize, pressure, bring pressure to bear on, strong-arm
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Mid 16th century: from earlier squise, from obsolete queise, of unknown origin.