- 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.
squeeze definition by Webster's New World
- 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 potentially winning card
Origin: intensive 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 jināti, (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
squeeze definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb squeezed squeezed, squeez·ing, squeez·es verb, transitive
- To press hard on or together; compress.
- To press gently, as in affection: squeezed her hand.
- To exert pressure on, as by way of extracting liquid: squeeze an orange.
- To extract by or as if by applying pressure: squeeze juice from a lemon; squeezed a confession out of a suspect.
- To extract by dishonest means; extort.
- To pressure or intimidate (someone) to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment.
- To obtain room for by pressure; cram: squeezed her books into the briefcase.
- To manage to find time or space for.
- Games To force (an opponent) to use a potentially winning card in a trick he or she cannot take in bridge.
- Baseball To cause (a run or base runner) to score on a squeeze play.
- To give way under pressure.
- To exert pressure.
- To force one's way: squeeze through a crowd; squeeze into a tight space.
- The act or an instance of squeezing.
- An amount squeezed out: a squeeze of lemon.
- A handclasp or brief embrace.
- A group crowded together; a crush.
- Informal A squeeze play.
- Financial pressure caused by shortages or narrowing economic margins.
- Pressure or intimidation to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment.
- Games A forced discard of a potentially winning card in bridge.
- Slang One's primary romantic partner or sweetheart.
Origin: Probably alteration of obsolete quease, to press, from Middle English queisen, from Old English cwȳsan.
- squeezˈa·ble adjective
- squeezˈer noun
squeeze - Business Definition
- The use of coercion in an attempt to obtain money from someone. For example, a squeeze is put on a delinquent borrower who is told to make a payment or a report will be made to the credit bureau.
- A period of tight money when interest rates are high and loans are difficult to obtain.
squeeze - Phrases/Idioms
squeeze throughor squeeze by