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
Examples from the Web for 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|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Between her slew of appointments, Lennox manages to squeeze in enough time for no less than 40 different charities.
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|DAILY BEAST
Once again Russia brandishes the threat of a gas cutoff to squeeze Kiev and coerce Europe.
That backpack was strictly for however many CDs I could squeeze in there.How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television|Kevin Fallon|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then Mamie let Maggie squeeze; but she pinched harder than Bessie had done, and hurt it a little.Bessie at the Sea-Side|Joanna Mathews
Like the water which he's going to squeeze out of the wells?The Younger Set|Robert W. Chambers
Only, while we are travelling, do be careful not to squeeze too tightly; it rumples her stock.Amy in Acadia|Helen Leah Reed
Squeeze out the amount needed and store the lemon in the ice-box.Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)|C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
This is pressed, to squeeze all the water out, and is left to dry.
British Dictionary definitions for squeeze
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for squeeze
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.
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