What does squeeze mean?

Definitions for squeeze

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word squeeze.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. squeeze, squeezingnoun

    the act of gripping and pressing firmly

    "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"

  2. credit crunch, liquidity crisis, squeezenoun

    a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high

  3. squeezenoun

    a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer

    "increased expenses put a squeeze on profits"

  4. squeezenoun

    (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend

    "she was his main squeeze"

  5. squeeze, wringnoun

    a twisting squeeze

    "gave the wet cloth a wring"

  6. power play, squeeze play, squeezenoun

    an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

    "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"

  7. hug, clinch, squeezenoun

    a tight or amorous embrace

    "come here and give me a big hug"

  8. squeezeverb

    the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space

    "getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze"

  9. squash, crush, squelch, mash, squeezeverb

    to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

    "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"

  10. squeezeverb

    press firmly

    "He squeezed my hand"

  11. wedge, squeeze, forceverb

    squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

    "I squeezed myself into the corner"

  12. coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, forceverb

    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"

  13. extort, squeeze, rack, gouge, wringverb

    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"

  14. thrust, stuff, shove, squeezeverb

    press or force

    "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"

  15. pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitchverb

    squeeze tightly between the fingers

    "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"

  16. embrace, hug, bosom, squeezeverb

    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

    "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"; "He hugged her close to him"

  17. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, pressverb

    squeeze or press together

    "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"


  1. squeezenoun

    A difficult position

    I'm in a tight squeeze right now when it comes to my free time.

  2. squeezenoun

    A traversal of a narrow passage

    It was a tight squeeze, but I got through to the next section of the cave.

  3. squeezenoun

    A hug or other affectionate grasp

    a gentle squeeze on the arm

  4. squeezenoun

    A romantic partner

    I want to be your main squeeze

  5. squeezenoun

    The act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third

    The game ended in exciting fashion with a failed squeeze.

  6. squeezenoun

    (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.

  7. squeezenoun

    A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more tricks.

  8. squeezeverb

    To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once

  9. squeezeverb

    To fit into a tight place

    I managed to squeeze the car into that parking space.

  10. squeezeverb

    To remove something with difficulty, or apparent difficulty

    He squeezed some money out of his wallet.

  11. squeezeverb

    To put in a difficult position by presenting two or more choices

    I'm being squeezed between my job and my volunteer work.

  12. squeezeverb

    To attempt to score a runner from third by bunting

    Jones squeezed in Smith with a perfect bunt.

  13. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Squeezenoun

    Compression; pressure.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    A subtile artist stands with wond’rous bag,
    That bears imprison’d winds, of gentler sort
    Than those that erst Laertes’ son enclos’d:
    Peaceful they sleep; but let the tuneful squeeze
    Of lab’ring elbow rouse them, out they fly
    Melodious, and with spritely accents charm. Philips.

  2. To Squeezeverb

    Etymology: cwisan , Saxon; ys-gwasgu, Welsh.

    It is applied to the squeezing or pressing of things downwards, as in the presses for printing. John Wilkins.

    The sinking of the earth would make an extraordinary convulsion of the air, and that crack must so shake or squeeze the atmosphere, as to bring down all the remaining vapours. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    He reap’d the product of his labour’d ground,
    And squeez’d the combs with golden liquor crown’d. Dryden.

    None acted mournings forc’d to show,
    Or squeeze his eyes to make the torrent flow. Dryden.

    When Florio speaks, what virgin could withstand,
    If gentle Damon did not squeeze her hand? Alexander Pope.

    In a civil war people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden. Roger L'Estrange.

  3. To Squeezeverb

    A concave sphere of gold fill’d with water and folder’d up, upon pressing the sphere with great force, let the water squeeze through it, and stand all over its outside in multitudes of small drops, like dew, without bursting or cracking the body of the gold. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    What crowds of these, impenitently bold,
    In sounds and jingling syllables grown old,
    Still run on poets, in a raging vein,
    Ev’n to the dregs and squeezings of the brain. Alexander Pope.

    Many a publick minister comes empty in; but when he has crammed his guts, he is fain to squeeze hard before he can get off. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. squeeze

    The general definition of "squeeze" is to apply pressure, typically with the hands, to compress or force something into a smaller size or space. It can also refer to the act of pressing or compressing something tightly between two surfaces or objects. Additionally, "squeeze" can be used metaphorically to describe a situation where one is under pressure, experiencing limited resources, or facing a difficult or tight situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squeezeverb

    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

  2. Squeezeverb

    fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush

  3. Squeezeverb

    to force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out, through, etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt

  4. Squeezeverb

    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

  5. Squeezenoun

    the act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure

  6. Squeezenoun

    a facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone


  1. Squeeze

    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

  1. Squeeze

    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.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'squeeze' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4548

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'squeeze' in Verbs Frequency: #717

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squeeze in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squeeze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of squeeze in a Sentence

  1. Carl Sandburg:

    Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper until you get the right answer.

  2. Raquel Santos:

    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.

  3. Benoit Anne:

    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.

  4. Randolph Bourne:

    We can easily become as much slaves to precaution as we can to fear. Although we can never rivet our fortune so tight as to make it impregnible, we may by our excessive prudence squeeze out of the life that we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living.

  5. Jeremy Batstone-Carr:

    The Fed's statement earlier in the week helped to squeeze us higher. But the market doesn't have a high degree of conviction at the moment, the outlook remains one of sub-trend growth and low inflation. The downgrades in Italy illustrate that we're not out of the woods as far as growth is concerned.

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Translations for squeeze

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  • عصرArabic
  • serrar, esprémer, apretar, estrènyerCatalan, Valencian
  • zmáčknout, [[vmáčknout]] seCzech
  • trykke, knus, presse, mase, klemme, trangt sted, knugeDanish
  • Klemme, pressen, quetschen, zwängen, Engpass, drückenGerman
  • στριμώχνωGreek
  • apuro, exprimir, crisis, apretarSpanish
  • ahtaa, puristus, ahdistaa, puristaa, rypistys, kaivaaFinnish
  • serrer, tasser, presser, comprimerFrench
  • espremer, apertarGalician
  • faastManx
  • 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
  • comprimōLatin
  • mamotsitraMalagasy
  • ramiMāori
  • ညှစ်Burmese
  • persen, drukken, klemmen, knijpenDutch
  • ałchʼįʼjiinihNavajo, Navaho
  • sarrarOccitan
  • 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
  • shtrëngojAlbanian
  • klapp, knipa, tränga, dra, slita, kläm, klämma, krama, kram, lirkaSwedish

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