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[skweez] /skwiz/
verb (used with object), squeezed, squeezing.
to press forcibly together; compress.
to apply pressure to in order to extract juice, sap, or the like:
to squeeze an orange.
to force out, extract, or procure by pressure:
to squeeze juice from an orange.
to thrust forcibly; force by pressure; cram:
to squeeze three suits into a small suitcase.
to fit into a small or crowded space or timespan:
The doctor will try to squeeze you in between appointments.
to enclose (another person's hand, arm, etc.) in one's hand and apply pressure as a token of affection, friendship, sympathy, or the like:
His father squeezed his hand and wished him luck.
to give (someone) a hug.
to threaten, intimidate, harass, or oppress (a person) in order to obtain a favor, money, or an advantageous attitude or action.
to cause financial hardship to:
manufacturers squeezed by high tariffs.
to obtain a facsimile impression of.
to cause to merge, as two or more lines of traffic into fewer lanes.
  1. to enable (a runner on third base) to score on a squeeze play (often followed by in):
    He squeezed him in with a perfect bunt.
  2. to score (a run) in this way (often followed by in):
    The Dodgers squeezed in a run in the eighth inning.
Bridge. to force (an opponent) to play a potentially winning card on a trick he or she cannot win.
verb (used without object), squeezed, squeezing.
to exert a compressing force.
to force a way through some narrow or crowded place (usually followed by through, in, out, etc.).
to merge or come together.
the act or fact of squeezing or the fact of being squeezed.
a clasping of one's hand around another's hand, arm, etc., as a token of affection, friendship, sympathy, or the like.
a hug or close embrace.
a troubled financial condition, especially caused by a shortage or restriction, as of credit or funds.
a small quantity or amount of anything obtained by squeezing.
squeak (def 3).
Slang. a sweetheart:
his main squeeze.
a facsimile impression of an inscription or the like, obtained by pressing some plastic substance over or around it.
Bridge. a play or circumstance whereby an opponent is forced to waste or discard a potentially winning card.
an act of threatening, intimidating, harassing, or oppressing a person or persons to obtain a favor, money, or an advantageous attitude or action:
gangsters putting the squeeze on small businesses.
money or a favor obtained in such a way.
Origin of squeeze
1590-1600; perhaps variant of obsolete squize (Old English cwȳsan) to squeeze, with initial s by false division of words in sandhi
Related forms
squeezer, noun
squeezingly, adverb
intersqueeze, verb (used with object), intersqueezed, intersqueezing.
unsqueezed, adjective
4. crowd, pack, jam, stuff. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for squeeze through
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  • The small heart of the trunk had decayed, offering an entrance just large enough for a rabbit to squeeze through.

    Bumper, The White Rabbit George Ethelbert Walsh
  • Once more he climbed to the window and made an attempt to squeeze through.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Bobby was striving to squeeze through one of the open windows in the tower and look down upon the street.

    The Girls of Central High on Track and Field David Goodger (
  • "If it hasn't, we must squeeze through them," she returned simply.

  • There was just enough room for a man's body to squeeze through down the ladder.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • But every one of them found that he was about two sizes too big to squeeze through it.

    The Tale of Rusty Wren Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Laviny ain't what you'd call fleshy, but she never could squeeze through that in this world.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for squeeze through


verb (mainly transitive)
to grip or press firmly, esp so as to crush or distort; compress
to crush or press (something) so as to extract (a liquid): to squeeze the juice from an orange, to squeeze an orange
to apply gentle pressure to, as in affection or reassurance: he squeezed her hand
to push or force in a confined space: to squeeze six lettuces into one box, to squeeze through a crowd
to hug closely
to oppress with exacting demands, such as excessive taxes
to exert pressure on (someone) in order to extort (something): to squeeze money out of a victim by blackmail
(intransitive) to yield under pressure
to make an impression of (a coin, etc) in a soft substance
(bridge, whist) to lead a card that forces (opponents) to discard potentially winning cards
the act or an instance of squeezing or of being squeezed
a hug or handclasp
a crush of people in a confined space
(mainly Brit) a condition of restricted credit imposed by a government to counteract price inflation
an impression, esp of a coin, etc, made in a soft substance
an amount extracted by squeezing: add a squeeze of lemon juice
(commerce) any action taken by a trader or traders on a market that forces buyers to make purchases and prices to rise
(informal) pressure brought to bear in order to extort something (esp in the phrase put the squeeze on)
(bridge, whist) Also called squeeze play. a manoeuvre that forces opponents to discard potentially winning cards
(informal) a person with whom one is having a romantic relationship
Derived Forms
squeezable, adjective
squeezer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Middle English queysen to press, from Old English cwӯsan
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Word Origin and History for squeeze through



c.1600, probably an alteration of quease (c.1550), from Old English cwysan "to squeeze," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (cf. German quetschen "to squeeze"). Slang expression to put the squeeze on (someone or something) "exert influence" is from 1711. Baseball squeeze play first recorded 1905. Main squeeze "most important person" is attested from 1896; meaning "one's sweetheart, lover" is attested by 1980.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squeeze through



  1. A situation of great pressure or peril; crunch: I'm afraid we're in something of a squeeze just now
  2. One's romantic partner; lover

Related Terms

main squeeze, put the squeeze on someone

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

squeeze through

Also,squeeze by. Manage to pass, win, or survive by a narrow margin, as in We squeezed through the second round of playoffs, or There was just enough food stored in the cabin for us to squeeze by until the hurricane ended. This idiom uses squeeze in the sense of “succeed by means of compression.” [ c. 1700 ]
Also see: squeak by
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