squeeze play

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noun
  1. Baseball.
    1. Also called suicide squeeze, suicide squeeze play.a play executed when there is a runner on third base and usually not more than one out, in which the runner starts for home as soon as the pitcher makes a motion to pitch, and the batter bunts.
    2. Also called safety squeeze, safety squeeze play.a similar play in which the runner on third base waits until the batter has successfully bunted before trying to score.
  2. the application of pressure or influence on a person or group in order to force compliance or gain an advantage.

Origin of squeeze play

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
Also called squeeze.
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Idioms and Phrases with squeeze play

squeeze play

A situation in which pressure exerted to obtain a concession or achieve a goal, as in Workers sometimes feel caught in a squeeze play between union and management. This expression, dating from about 1900, originated in baseball, where it refers to a prearranged play in which the runner on third base breaks for home plate on the pitch, and the batter bunts. [c. 1915]

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