squeeze off

Fire a gun, as in He squeezed off one shot after another but didn't bring down a single crow. The idiom alludes to squeezing the trigger. [Mid-1900s]


Nearby words

  1. squee,
  2. squeegee,
  3. squeezable,
  4. squeeze,
  5. squeeze bottle,
  6. squeeze play,
  7. squeeze through,
  8. squeeze-box,
  9. squeezebox,
  10. squeezed joint

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