verb (used with object), squeezed, squeezing.
to press forcibly together; compress.
to apply pressure to in order to extract juice, sap, or the like:
to squeeze an orange.
to force out, extract, or procure by pressure:
to squeeze juice from an orange.
to thrust forcibly; force by pressure; cram:
to squeeze three suits into a small suitcase.
to fit into a small or crowded space or timespan:
The doctor will try to squeeze you in between appointments.
to enclose (another person’s hand, arm, etc.) in one’s hand and apply pressure as a token of affection, friendship, sympathy, or the like:
His father squeezed his hand and wished him luck.
to give (someone) a hug.
to threaten, intimidate, harass, or oppress (a person) in order to obtain a favor, money, or an advantageous attitude or action.
to cause financial hardship to:
manufacturers squeezed by high tariffs.
to obtain a facsimile impression of.
to cause to merge, as two or more lines of traffic into fewer lanes.
to enable (a runner on third base) to score on a squeeze play (often followed by in):
He squeezed him in with a perfect bunt.
to score (a run) in this way (often followed by in):
The Dodgers squeezed in a run in the eighth inning.
Bridge. to force (an opponent) to play a potentially winning card on a trick he or she cannot win.
verb (used without object), squeezed, squeezing.
to exert a compressing force.
to force a way through some narrow or crowded place (usually followed by through, in, out, etc.).
to merge or come together.
the act or fact of squeezing or the fact of being squeezed.
a clasping of one’s hand around another’s hand, arm, etc., as a token of affection, friendship, sympathy, or the like.
a hug or close embrace.
a troubled financial condition, especially caused by a shortage or restriction, as of credit or funds.
a small quantity or amount of anything obtained by squeezing.
squeak (def 3).
Slang. a sweetheart:
his main squeeze.
a facsimile impression of an inscription or the like, obtained by pressing some plastic substance over or around it.
Bridge. a play or circumstance whereby an opponent is forced to waste or discard a potentially winning card.
an act of threatening, intimidating, harassing, or oppressing a person or persons to obtain a favor, money, or an advantageous attitude or action:
gangsters putting the squeeze on small businesses.
money or a favor obtained in such a way.
verb (mainly transitive)
to grip or press firmly, esp so as to crush or distort; compress
to crush or press (something) so as to extract (a liquid): to squeeze the juice from an orange, to squeeze an orange
to apply gentle pressure to, as in affection or reassurance: he squeezed her hand
to push or force in a confined space: to squeeze six lettuces into one box, to squeeze through a crowd
to hug closely
to oppress with exacting demands, such as excessive taxes
to exert pressure on (someone) in order to extort (something): to squeeze money out of a victim by blackmail
(intransitive) to yield under pressure
to make an impression of (a coin, etc) in a soft substance
(bridge, whist) to lead a card that forces (opponents) to discard potentially winning cards
the act or an instance of squeezing or of being squeezed
a hug or handclasp
a crush of people in a confined space
(mainly Brit) a condition of restricted credit imposed by a government to counteract price inflation
an impression, esp of a coin, etc, made in a soft substance
an amount extracted by squeezing: add a squeeze of lemon juice
(commerce) any action taken by a trader or traders on a market that forces buyers to make purchases and prices to rise
(informal) pressure brought to bear in order to extort something (esp in the phrase put the squeeze on)
(bridge, whist) Also called squeeze play. a manoeuvre that forces opponents to discard potentially winning cards
(informal) a person with whom one is having a romantic relationship
noun 1. a flexible plastic bottle the contents of which can be forced out by squeezing. noun a plastic container that can be squeezed to push out the contents
noun, Informal. 1. a concertina or accordion.
noun, Informal. 1. a concertina or accordion. noun 1. an informal name for concertina, accordion squeegee operator
or squeeze joint noun, Building Trades. 1. a joint between two members cemented or glued together under pressure.