An example of to squeeze is to press on a ketchup packet to get out every last drop.
Squeezed until my hand hurt.
A squeeze of lemon.
Thugs who put the squeeze on shopkeepers.
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.
A wet sponge squeezes easily.
The rubber duck squeaks when it squeezes.
I squeezed the ball between my hands.
Please don't squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle.
I managed to squeeze the car into that parking space.
Can you squeeze through that gap?
He squeezed some money out of his wallet.
I'm being squeezed between my job and my volunteer work.
Jones squeezed in Smith with a perfect bunt.
The game ended in exciting fashion with a failed squeeze.
The light not being good enough for photography, I took a squeeze of the stone.
Squeeze through a crowd; squeeze into a tight space.
- to succeed, survive, get through, etc. by a narrow margin or with difficulty
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of squeeze
- Probably alteration of obsolete quease to press from Middle English queisen from Old English cwȳsan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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, cwȳsan (“to crush, squeeze"), of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare Swedish qväsa, kväsa (“to squeeze, bruise, crush; quell"), Dutch kwetsen (“to injure, hurt"), German quetschen (“to squeeze")). Compare also Old Provençal 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.