- 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.
- 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.
- the application of pressure or influence on a person or group in order to force compliance or gain an advantage.
Origin of 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]