Definition of squeeze in English:

squeeze

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Pronunciation: /skwiːz
 
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verb

[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
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  • He aims the gun at her and I see his fingers begin to squeeze the trigger.
  • 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.
  • The girls held hands, squeezing one another's fingers into their palms in their anticipation.
Synonyms
compress, press, crush, squash, pinch, nip, grasp, grip, clutch, flatten, knead; mash, pulp; wring, screwhug, embrace, cuddle, clasp, crush, clutch, press, enfold, envelop, enclasp, wrap, encircle, fold, take in one's arms, hold tight, hold close, cling to
archaic strain
1.1 [with 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 (as adjective, with submodifier squeezed) freshly squeezed orange juice
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  • Although the service was good, the orange juice was freshly squeezed and the coffee had zing, the dining-room somehow lacked ambience at breakfast.
  • 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.
Synonyms
extract, press, force, express
2 [no 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
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  • After a bit of deliberation, we squeezed in beside two young women tucking into mountainous Sunday lunches of roast chicken with all the trimmings.
  • Halle appeared beside the window, squeezing through between Lisa and Rebecca.
  • Scott knelt in front of her, squeezing in beside David, and reaching for her free hand.
Synonyms
crowd, crush, cram, pack, jam, squash, wedge oneself, shove, push, jostle, force one's way, thrust
2.1 [with 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
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  • Only it would have looked more dignified if I didn't have to push and literally squeeze myself through the narrow door.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
force, thrust, stick, cram, ram, jam, stuff, pack, compress, wedge, press, squash, tamp, drive
2.2 [with object] (squeeze someone/thing in) Manage to find time for someone or something: she may be able to squeeze you in, if you play your cards right
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  • 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.
  • Well, I manage to squeeze it in every now and then.
3 [with object and adverbial] Obtain (something) from someone with difficulty: councils will want to squeeze as much money out of taxpayers as they can
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  • 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.
  • However, even this incentive is arguably little more than a cynical attempt to squeeze extra money out of customers.
Synonyms
extort, force, extract, wrest, wring, tear from, milk
informal bleed someone of something
3.1 [with object] informal Pressurize (someone) in order to obtain something from them: she used the opportunity to squeeze him for information
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  • 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.
  • I rather like the idea of squeezing the rich until they spit pips and thus don't favour lowering the top tax rate.
3.2 [with object] (squeeze someone/thing out) Force someone or something out of an activity or post: workers have been squeezed out of their jobs
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  • As usual these chains, with their eagerness to pay over the odds, will force up rents so that small businesses are squeezed out.
  • 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.
  • We intended to rent a small office building, only to find that we were squeezed out by those who have strong backstage support.
3.3 [with object] Bridge Force (an opponent) to discard a guarding or potentially winning card.
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  • The last diamond squeezed East in three suits.
3.4 [with object] (Especially in a financial or commercial context) have a damaging or restricting effect on: the economy is being squeezed by foreign debt repayments
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  • 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.
  • The Anglo-Saxon economies are being squeezed by the huge amount of debt, he said.
  • 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.
4 (squeeze something off) informal Shoot a round or shot from a gun: squeeze off a few well-aimed shots
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  • Before a single shot could be squeezed off, he grinned wickedly and leaped out of the window.
  • He hopped up from behind his cover and squeezed off a few rounds at Ash.
  • The rifle squeezed off its last two rounds.
4.1Take a photograph: he squeezed off a half-dozen Polaroids
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  • 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.

noun

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1An act of squeezing something: a gentle squeeze of the trigger
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  • He gave her a gentle squeeze and kissed her forehead.
  • I am surprised when a long arm gives my shoulders a gentle squeeze and a quick kiss is placed upon my cheek.
  • She gives Brian's foot an affectionate squeeze.
Synonyms
press, pinch, nip; grasp, grip, clutch; compression
1.1A hug.
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  • He put an arm around my shoulders and gave me a little squeeze.
  • And then, just as he'd really begun to panic, she wrapped her arms around him and gave him a little squeeze.
  • Giving my little one a reassuring squeeze, I muss her hair with my right hand.
Synonyms
1.2A state of being forced into a small or restricted space: it was a tight squeeze in the tiny hall
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  • But man, it was a tight squeeze around the sales tables.
  • 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.
  • Rail commuters faced a tight squeeze and delays as rail staff experienced ‘teething’ problems with new trains this morning.
Synonyms
crush, jam, squash, press, huddle, tightly packed crowd; congestion
1.3 dated A crowded social gathering.
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  • Also on Friday, join the DJs and special acts for a tight squeeze over at Missy Bar.
1.4A small amount of liquid extracted from something by squeezing: a squeeze of lemon juice
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  • 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.
  • 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 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.
Synonyms
drop, few drops, dash, splash, dribble, trickle, spot, hint, touch, bit
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
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  • 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.
  • A very strong cost performance has compensated for the squeeze on margins on both the banking and life side.
2.1 [mass noun] informal Money illegally extorted or exacted from someone: he was out to extract some squeeze from her
2.2 Bridge A tactic that forces an opponent to discard an important card.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Ever been through a horrendous break up with your main squeeze and felt lonely, upset, tired, and unloved?
5 (also squeeze play) Baseball 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.
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  • 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.

Origin

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

Phrases

put the squeeze on

informal Coerce or pressurize (someone).
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  • Soaring drug costs are putting the squeeze on politically powerful seniors along with cash-strapped states and municipalities.
  • 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.

squeeze one's eyes shut (or closed)

Close one’s eyes tightly.

Derivatives

squeezable

adjective
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  • Ketchup in squeezable bottles, or flavoured Smokey Mesquite, helped Heinz put on $300 million;
  • Nearly all men agree that women should have curves that are soft and squeezable.
  • Empty economy-size shampoo and conditioner bottles into small, squeezable ones that are easier for a child to hold.

squeezer

noun
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  • Return by paved way to fingerpost, squeezer, path by river then across field to first barn you come to, and right, path through riverside fields (two squeezers, gates, gateways).
  • It's a little spot of England where Channel 4, the Guardian, Alessi orange squeezers, ciabatta and the Booker short list don't exist.
  • Clearly the squeezers were designed for wiry Dales folk, some are decidedly fat-ist.

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