- IPA: /skwiːz/
squeeze (squeezes, present participle squeezing; past and past participle squeezed)
- (transitive) To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once.
- I squeezed the ball between my hands.
- Please don't squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle.
- 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1:
- "Over there—by the rock," Steele muttered, with his brush between his teeth, squeezing out raw sienna, and keeping his eyes fixed on Betty Flanders's back.
- (transitive) To embrace closely; to give a tight hug to.
- (ambitransitive) To fit into a tight place.
- I managed to squeeze the car into that parking space.
- Can you squeeze through that gap?
- (transitive) To remove something with difficulty, or apparent difficulty.
- He squeezed some money out of his wallet.
- (transitive) To put in a difficult position by presenting two or more choices.
- I'm being squeezed between my job and my volunteer work.
- 2013 May 23, Sarah Lyall, "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party ↗," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
- At a time when Mr. Cameron is being squeezed from both sides — from the right by members of his own party and by the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe U.K. Independence Party, and from the left by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners — the move seemed uncharacteristically clunky.
- (transitive, figurative) To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass.
- In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden.
- (transitive, baseball) To attempt to score a runner from third by bunting.
- Jones squeezed in Smith with a perfect bunt.
- (to apply pressure to from two or more sides at once) compress, condense; see also Thesaurus:compress
- French: presser, comprimer, tasser, serrer
- German: drücken, klemmen, pressen, quetschen
- Italian: spremere, stringere, serrare, strizzare
- Portuguese: espremer, apertar
- Russian: сжима́ть
- Spanish: (apply pressure to make liquid out) exprimir, apretar
- Italian: spremersi
- Russian: выжима́ть
squeeze (plural squeezes)
- A close#Adjective|close or tight fit.
- (figuratively) A difficult position.
- I'm in a tight squeeze right now when it comes to my free time.
- A hug or other affectionate grasp.
- a gentle squeeze on the arm
- (slang) A romantic partner.
- I want to be your main squeeze.
- 2012, J. Lamar, Tip Tap Toe, Xlibris Corporation (ISBN 9781469189741), page 141:
- His young squeeze had just backed out and had not seen the assault on her “ sugar daddy” when it happened!
- 1988, James Ellroy, Dudley Smith Trio: The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential, White Jazz, Random House (ISBN 9781448108633), page 459:
- He spent nights cruising queer bars near the pad, saw Wiltsie at the dives, but always in the company of his squeeze, a guy he called 'Duane.'
- 2014, N. Lombardi Jr., Journey Towards a Falling Sun, John Hunt Publishing (ISBN 9781782794936)
- But even considering that, he might have been a bit more restrained if he hadn't run into his former sexy squeeze, Penny Atieno.
- (slang) An illicit alcoholic drink made by squeezing Sterno through cheesecloth, etc., and mixing the result with fruit juice.
- (baseball) The act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third.
- The game ended in exciting fashion with a failed squeeze.
- (card games) A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more tricks.
- (caving) A traversal of a narrow passage.
- It was a tight squeeze, but I got through to the next section of the cave.
- (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.
- (mining) The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata.
- (dated) A bribe or fee paid to a middleman, especially in China; the practice of requiring such a bribe or fee.
- A. R. Colquhoun
- one of the many "squeezes" imposed by the mandarins
- A. R. Colquhoun
- Russian: пожа́тие
- Portuguese: ficante
- German: Engpass