verb (used with object), squeezed, squeez·ing.
- 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.
- to score (a run) in this way (often followed by in): The Dodgers squeezed in a run in the eighth inning.
verb (used without object), squeezed, squeez·ing.
Origin of squeeze
Synonyms for squeeze
Related Words for squeezecrunch, restraint, congestion, grip, wedge, pinch, compress, crush, stuff, clutch, press, cram, wring, pack, extract, hug, force, crowd, influence, squash
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Contemporary Examples of squeeze
They wanted Jet Blue to squeeze more passengers into the cabin.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
Between her slew of appointments, Lennox manages to squeeze in enough time for no less than 40 different charities.Annie Lennox Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think
October 21, 2014
Bone was a highly competent managing editor, and contrived somehow to squeeze us into the tumultuous Post office.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Once again Russia brandishes the threat of a gas cutoff to squeeze Kiev and coerce Europe.In Ukraine, Winter Is Coming
September 23, 2014
That backpack was strictly for however many CDs I could squeeze in there.How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television
July 23, 2014
Historical Examples of squeeze
Until now there's a man that can squeeze and ruin me any day, and that's Merchant.Way of the Lawless
Throw them into the soup at the last, and also squeeze in the juice of a lemon.
The meat will feel tender and springy when you squeeze it with your fingers.
When it is quite tender, take it up, and drain and squeeze it well.
Then take it out, drain, and squeeze it till it is as dry as you can get it.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with squeeze
- squeeze off
- squeeze play
- squeeze through
- main squeeze
- put the arm (squeeze) on
- tight squeeze