the act of gripping and pressing firmly
"he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"
credit crunch, liquidity crisis, squeeze(noun)
a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
"increased expenses put a squeeze on profits"
(slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend
"she was his main squeeze"
a twisting squeeze
"gave the wet cloth a wring"
power play, squeeze play, squeeze(noun)
an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
"she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"
hug, clinch, squeeze(noun)
a tight or amorous embrace
"come here and give me a big hug"
the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space
"getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze"
squash, crush, squelch, mash, squeeze(verb)
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
"crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"
"He squeezed my hand"
wedge, squeeze, force(verb)
squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
"I squeezed myself into the corner"
coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force(verb)
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
"He squeezed her for information"
extort, squeeze, rack, gouge, wring(verb)
obtain by coercion or intimidation
"They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
thrust, stuff, shove, squeeze(verb)
press or force
"Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"
pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch(verb)
squeeze tightly between the fingers
"He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
embrace, hug, bosom, squeeze(verb)
squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
"Hug me, please"; "They embraced"; "He hugged her close to him"
compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press(verb)
squeeze or press together
"she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
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
A romantic partner
I want to be your main squeeze
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.
A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more tricks.
To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once
To fit into a tight place
I managed to squeeze the car into that parking space.
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.
To attempt to score a runner from third by bunting
Jones squeezed in Smith with a perfect bunt.
Origin: First attested around 1600, probably an alteration of quease (which is attested since 1550), from cwysan, of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare quetschen). 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.
to press between two bodies; to press together closely; to compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice, moisture, etc.; as, to squeeze an orange with the fingers; to squeeze the hand in friendship
fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush
to force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out, through, etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt
to press; to urge one's way, or to pass, by pressing; to crowd; -- often with through, into, etc.; as, to squeeze hard to get through a crowd
the act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure
a facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone
Squeeze are a British band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the New Wave period of the late 1970s and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs "Cool for Cats", "Up the Junction", "Tempted", "Labelled With Love", "Black Coffee In Bed", "Another Nail in My Heart","Pulling Mussels" and "Hourglass". Though not as commercially successful in the U.S., Squeeze had American chart hits with "Tempted", "Hourglass" and "853-5937", and they have a dedicated following there and continue to attract new fans. All of Squeeze's hits were written by band members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, with the former penning the lyrics and the latter handling the composition. The duo were hailed as "the heirs to Lennon and McCartney's throne" during their peak of popularity in the early 1980s. The group formed in Deptford, London, in 1974, and first broke up in 1982. Squeeze then reformed in 1985, and disbanded again in 1999. The band reunited for tours through the United States and United Kingdom in 2007, and this touring version of Squeeze has continued into the present day. Difford and Tilbrook confirmed during interviews at the V Festival in both 2008 and 2011 that they plan to produce a record of new Squeeze material. In 2010, they issued Spot the Difference, an album of newly recorded versions of older material. Then, during their 2012 tour of the US, Squeeze made available for sale a 4-song CD of new demo recordings; later in 2012, the band's first new official studio recordings in 14 years were issued as the EP Packet Of Four. Currently, this 4-song CD EP is only available as a bonus disc to purchasers of various live concert recordings of Squeeze's 2012 UK tour.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
skwēz, v.t. to crush or press between two bodies: to embrace closely: to force through a small hole: to cause to pass: to extort, oppress, harass.—v.i. to push between close bodies: to press: to crowd.—n. act of squeezing: pressing between bodies: an impression of an inscription, &c., made by taking a rubbing.—n. Squeezabil′ity.—adj. Squeez′able.—ns. Squeez′er, one who, or that which, squeezes: (pl.) playing-cards having the number of spots marked in the right-hand corner of each; Squeez′ing, the act of exerting pressure.—adj. Squeez′y, suggesting squeezing, small, contracted. [M. E. queisen—A.S. cwísan.]
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'squeeze' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4548
Rank popularity for the word 'squeeze' in Verbs Frequency: #717
The numerical value of squeeze in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of squeeze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper until you get the right answer.
Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said, 'I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze 'em'
A lot of us, our hands aren’t quite big enough to palm a basketball, but if you find a ball that isn’t inflated that well and squeeze it, it may be easier to palm.
There is a bit of respite, but this is not the turnaround, it's a technical squeeze, we are cautious from a global emerging markets perspective and short-term bearish tactically.
Carnival is synonymous with partying, and animals are too. They give us so much happiness, i couldn't wait for this. Now that I see them all cute and dressed up, I want to squeeze them all.
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- serrar, esprémer, apretar, estrènyerCatalan, Valencian
- zmáčknout, [[vmáčknout]] seCzech
- trykke, knus, presse, mase, klemme, trangt sted, knugeDanish
- Klemme, pressen, quetschen, zwängen, Engpass, drückenGerman
- apuro, exprimir, crisis, apretarSpanish
- ahtaa, puristus, ahdistaa, puristaa, rypistys, kaivaaFinnish
- serrer, tasser, presser, comprimerFrench
- espremer, apertarGalician
- présel, nyom, beprésel, kiprésel, gyömöszöl, zsúfol, összenyomHungarian
- խցկել, ճզմել, սեղմելArmenian
- spremere, strizzare, serrare, stringereItalian
- 絞る, スクイズ, 押し込める, 搾る, 絞り出す, 板挟み, 板挟みにあう, 押す, 抱きしめ, スクイズする, 締め付ける, 拓本, ギュッとするJapanese
- persen, drukken, klemmen, knijpenDutch
- ałchʼįʼjiinihNavajo, Navaho
- ficante, espremer, apertarPortuguese
- schmatgear, smatger, smaccar, schmacher, schmachar, smatgarRomansh
- strânge, stoarceRomanian
- вти́скивать, вы́жать, пожатие, сда́вливать, выда́вливать, сти́снуть, сдави́ть, сжать, сти́скивать, впихну́ть, вти́снуть, сжима́ть, выжима́ть, впи́хивать, вы́давитьRussian
- tripiare, atipriare, ispremiare, tirpiare, tilpiare, tropiare, trupiareSardinian
- klapp, knipa, tränga, dra, slita, kläm, klämma, krama, kram, lirkaSwedish
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