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
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.
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with squeeze
- squeeze off
- squeeze play
- squeeze through
- main squeeze
- put the arm (squeeze) on
- tight squeeze