verb (used with object), squeezed, squeez·ing.

verb (used without object), squeezed, squeez·ing.


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 formssqueez·er, nounsqueez·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·squeeze, verb (used with object), in·ter·squeezed, in·ter·squeez·ing.un·squeezed, adjective

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verb (mainly tr)

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 reassurancehe squeezed her hand
to push or force in a confined spaceto 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
(intr) 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 British 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 squeezingadd 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)
Also called: squeeze play bridge whist a manoeuvre that forces opponents to discard potentially winning cards
informal a person with whom one is having a romantic relationship
Derived Formssqueezable, adjectivesqueezer, noun

Word Origin for squeeze

C16: from Middle English queysen to press, from Old English cwӯsan
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Word Origin and History for squeeze

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

Idioms and Phrases with squeeze


In addition to the idioms beginning with squeeze

  • squeeze off
  • squeeze play
  • squeeze through

also see:

  • main squeeze
  • put the arm (squeeze) on
  • tight squeeze
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