- The definition of a squeeze is the act of pressing things together.
- An example of a squeeze is a hug.
- An example of a squeeze is putting ten people in a church pew that is designed for eight people.
- To squeeze is defined as to compress or put pressure on something particularly to make room or get something out.
An example of to squeeze is to press on a ketchup packet to get out every last drop.
transitive verbsqueezed, squeez′ing
- to press hard or closely; exert pressure on, esp. from two or more sides; compress
- to press in order to extract liquid, juice, etc.: to squeeze oranges
- to get, bring forth, or extract by pressure: to squeeze water from a sponge
- to force (into, out, through, etc.) by or as by pressing
- to get, extract, or extort by force or unfair means
- to oppress with exactions, burdensome taxes, etc.
- to put pressure or bring influence to bear upon (someone) to do a certain thing, as to pay money, etc.
- to embrace closely; hug
- Baseball to score (a run) or cause (a runner) to score by a squeeze play
- Bridge to force (an opponent) to discard a card needed to defeat the contract
Origin of squeezeintensive of Middle English queisen from Old English cwysan, to squeeze, dash against, bruise, akin to Gothic quistjan, to destroy from Indo-European base an unverified form gweye-, to overpower from source Sanskrit jin?ti, (he) conquers
- to yield or give way to pressure: a wet sponge squeezes easily
- to exert pressure
- to force one's way by pushing or pressing (in, out, through, etc.)
- a squeezing or being squeezed; hard or close pressure
- a close embrace; hug
- a firm pressing or grasping of another's hand in one's own
- the state of being closely pressed or packed; crush
- a period or situation marked by scarcity, hardship, insecurity, etc.
- a facsimile impression made by pressing a soft substance onto something, as a coin or inscription
- a quantity of something extracted by squeezing
- Informal pressure or influence brought to bear, as in extortionused esp. in the phrase put the squeeze on
- squeeze play
- Slang a sweetheart or lover: used esp. in the expression main squeeze
verbsqueezed, squeez·ing, squeez·es
- a. To press hard on or together; compress: squeezed the balloon until it popped.b. To press gently, as in affection: squeezed her hand.c. To exert pressure on, as by way of extracting liquid: squeeze an orange.
- a. To extract by applying pressure: squeeze juice from a lemon.b. To extract or gain by intimidation or other pressure: squeezed information out of the suspect.c. To pressure or intimidate (someone) to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment.
- a. To obtain room for by pressure; cram: squeezed her clothes into the suitcase.b. To manage to find time or space for: I asked if she might squeeze me into her busy schedule. Can we squeeze another chair in at your table?
- Games To force (an opponent) to use a potentially winning card in a trick he or she cannot take in bridge.
- Baseball a. To cause (a run or base runner) to score on a squeeze play.b. To call as balls pitches thrown by (a pitcher) near the edges of the strike zone. Used of an umpire.
- To give way under pressure: The rubber duck squeaks when it squeezes.
- To exert pressure: squeezed until my hand hurt.
- To force one's way: squeeze through a crowd; squeeze into a tight space.
- a. The act or an instance of squeezing.b. A handclasp or brief embrace.
- An amount squeezed out: a squeeze of lemon.
- A group crowded together; a crush.
- Financial pressure caused by shortages or narrowing economic margins.
- Pressure or intimidation to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment: thugs who put the squeeze on shopkeepers.
- Games A forced discard of a potentially winning card in bridge.
- Baseball A squeeze play.
- Slang One's primary romantic partner or sweetheart.
Origin of squeezeProbably alteration of obsolete quease to press from Middle English queisen from Old English cwésan
(third-person singular simple present squeezes, present participle squeezing, simple past and past participle squeezed)
- To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once
- I squeezed the ball between my hands.
- Please don't squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle.
- (intransitive) To fit into a tight place
- I managed to squeeze the car into that parking space.
- Can you squeeze through that gap?
- To remove something with difficulty, or apparent difficulty
- He squeezed some money out of his wallet.
- To put in a difficult position by presenting two or more choices
- I'm being squeezed between my job and my volunteer work.
- (figuratively) To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass.
- (baseball) To attempt to score a runner from third by bunting
- Jones squeezed in Smith with a perfect bunt.
- A difficult position
- I'm in a tight squeeze right now when it comes to my free time.
- A traversal of a narrow passage
- It was a tight squeeze, but I got through to the next section of the cave.
- A hug or other affectionate grasp
- a gentle squeeze on the arm
- (slang) A romantic partner
- I want to be your main squeeze
- (baseball) The act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third
- The game ended in exciting fashion with a failed squeeze.
- (epigraphy) An impression of an inscription formed by pressing wet paper onto the surface and peeling off when dry.
- The light not being good enough for photography, I took a squeeze of the stone.
- (card games) A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more tricks.
- (archaic) A bribe or fee paid to a middleman, especially in China.
From earlier squize, squise (whence also English dialectal squizzen and squeege), first attested around 1600, probably an alteration of quease (which is attested since 1550), from Middle English queisen (“to squeeze"), from Old English cwÄ“san, cwÈ³san (“to crush, squeeze"), of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare Swedish qvÃ¤sa, kvÃ¤sa (“to squeeze, bruise, crush; quell"), Dutch kwetsen (“to injure, hurt"), German quetschen (“to squeeze")). Compare also Old ProvenÃ§al esquichar (“to press, squeeze"). The slang expression "to put the squeeze on (someone or something)", meaning "to exert influence", is from 1711. The baseball term "squeeze play" is first recorded 1905. "Main squeeze" ("most important person") is attested from 1896, the specific meaning "one's sweetheart, lover" is attested by 1980.