to press forcibly together; compress.
to apply pressure to in order to extract juice, sap, or the like: The tool is used to squeeze an orange.
to force out, extract, or procure by pressure: For this cocktail, first squeeze the juice from a pineapple.
to thrust forcibly; force by pressure; cram: I squeezed three suits into a small suitcase and now I'm afraid to unpack.
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 have stopped offering international shipping.
to obtain a facsimile impression of.
to cause to merge, as two or more lines of traffic into fewer lanes.
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.
Bridge. to force (an opponent) to play a potentially winning card on a trick they cannot win.
to exert a compressing force: She took his hand and squeezed hard.
to force one's way through some narrow or crowded place (usually followed by through, in, out, etc.): It was so crowded we could barely squeeze through the passageway.
to merge or come together.
the act or fact of squeezing or the fact of being squeezed: It'll be a bit of a squeeze to get them all in the same taxi.
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: It just needs a squeeze of lemon juice.
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.
- squeez·er, noun
- squeez·ing·ly, adverb
- in·ter·squeeze, verb (used with object), in·ter·squeezed, in·ter·squeez·ing.
- un·squeezed, adjective
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How to use squeeze in a sentence
The simple, five-position knob allows you to adjust the squeeze pressure, and the unit comes with two different screens, coarse and fine.
My research has shown that there is more to marriage trafficking than the “marriage squeeze” and female scarcity.
Tens of millions of people have lost work, putting a squeeze on finances.Cord cutting is breaking records during the pandemic | Aaron Pressman | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
For publishers that have numerous direct relationships with brands, that squeeze hasn’t been all bad.‘They’re gonna go with what they know’: Publishers struggle to win new business amid pandemic | Max Willens | September 1, 2020 | Digiday
In China, for example, food inflation has been accelerating in the last couple of months, and a squeeze on imports because of the pandemic is one reason why.After $20 trillion in pandemic relief spending, there’s still no sign of inflation. What happened? | Bernhard Warner | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
They wanted Jet Blue to squeeze more passengers into the cabin.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room | Clive Irving | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Between her slew of appointments, Lennox manages to squeeze in enough time for no less than 40 different charities.
His wife, Rita, would wait and pray until she would hear the bicycle squeeze horn he had affixed to the chair.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won | Michael Daly | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | H.L. Mencken | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You might expect prisoners to have to pay extra for items like habanero squeeze cheese, for example, but what about pen and paper?‘Progressive Jail’ Is a 21st-Century Hell, Inmates Complain | Sarah Shourd | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As long as an emergency truck could squeeze through at moderate speed, that was enough.Fee of the Frontier | Horace Brown Fyfe
From this point Mr Dean began to pump and squeeze, and Trumps proved worthy of his name in the way he submitted to both processes.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
In this day there were some drops of the golden juices—some drops that she must squeeze out, that her thirsty lips must drink.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
She would squeeze, squeeze out the golden juices that these moments contained which lay immediately before her.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
It was rather a tight squeeze for his broad shoulders, getting through the opening, but he managed it.
British Dictionary definitions for squeeze
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
(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 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)
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
- squeezable, adjective
- squeezer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with squeeze
In addition to the idioms beginning with squeeze
- squeeze off
- squeeze play
- squeeze through
- main squeeze
- put the arm (squeeze) on
- tight squeeze
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