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  1. squeeze
    IPA[skwēz]
  2. verb

    • 1. firmly press (something soft or yielding), typically with one's fingers:

      Kate squeezed his hand affectionately he squeezed with all his strength
    • 2. extract (liquid or a soft substance) from something by compressing or twisting it firmly:

      squeeze out as much juice as you can freshly squeezed orange juice
      Synonym : extract, press, force, express
    • 3. manage to get into or through a narrow or restricted space:

      Sarah squeezed in beside her he found a hole in the hedge and squeezed his way through
      Synonym : crowd, crush, cram, pack, jam, squash, wedge oneself, shove, push, jostle, force one's way, thrust
    • 4. manage to force into or through a narrow or restricted space:

      she squeezed herself into her tightest pair of jeans
    • 5. move closer to someone or something so that one is pressed tightly against them or it:

      he guided her toward a seat, motioning for everyone to squeeze up and make room
    • 6. manage to find time for someone or something:

      the doctor can squeeze you in at noon
    • 7. obtain (something) from someone with difficulty:

      a governor who wants to squeeze as much money out of taxpayers as he can
      Synonym : extort, force, extract, wrest, wring, tear from, milk, bleed someone of something
    • 8. pressure (someone) in order to obtain something from them:

      she used the opportunity to squeeze him for information
      Synonym : pressurize, pressure, bring pressure to bear on, strong-arm, suck dry, milk, fleece, wring, exploit, impose on, put the squeeze on, lean on, bleed, put the screws on, put the bite on
    • 9. force someone or something out of a domain or activity:

      workers have been squeezed out of their jobs
    • 10. (especially in a financial or commercial context) have a damaging or restricting effect on:

      the economy is being squeezed by foreign debt repayments
    • 11. force (an opponent) to discard a guarding or potentially winning card.

    • 12. shoot a round or shot from a gun:

      squeeze off a few well-aimed shots
    • 13. take a photograph:

      he squeezed off a half-dozen Polaroids

    noun

    • 1. an act of pressing something with one's fingers:

      a gentle squeeze of the trigger
    • 2. a hug.

      Synonym : hug, embrace, cuddle, clasp, hold
    • 3. a state of forcing oneself or being forced into a small or restricted space:

      it was a tight squeeze in the tiny hall
      Synonym : crush, jam, squash, press, huddle, tightly packed crowd, congestion
    • 4. a crowded social gathering.

    • 5. a small amount of liquid extracted from something by pressing it firmly with one's fingers:

      a squeeze of lemon juice
      Synonym : drop, few drops, dash, splash, dribble, trickle, spot, hint, touch, bit
    • 6. a strong financial demand or pressure, typically a restriction on borrowing, spending, or investment in a financial crisis:

      industry faced higher costs and a squeeze on profits
    • 7. money illegally extorted or exacted from someone:

      he was out to extract some squeeze from her
    • 8. a tactic that forces an opponent to discard an important card.

    • 9. a molding or cast of an object, or an impression or copy of a design, obtained by pressing a pliable substance around or over it.

    • 10. a person's girlfriend or boyfriend:

      the poor guy just lost his main squeeze
    • 11. an act of bunting a ball in order to enable a runner on third base to start for home as soon as the ball is pitched.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: squeeze, plural noun: squeezes

    • v.: verb: squeeze, 3rd person present: squeezes, gerund or present participle: squeezing, past tense: squeezed, past participle: squeezed

    • verb

      firmly press (something soft or yielding), typically with one's fingers:

      extract (liquid or a soft substance) from something by compressing or twisting it firmly:

    • noun

      an act of squeezing something:

      a hug.

    • noun

      a container made of flexible plastic which is squeezed to extract the contents.
    • noun

      a container made of flexible plastic which is squeezed to extract the contents.
    • noun

      an accordion or concertina.
    • noun

      an act of running for home by a runner on third base as the ball is pitched.
    • coerce or pressure (someone)
    • coerce or pressurize (someone)
    • close one's eyes tightly
    • close one's eyes tightly
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