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Verb: squeeze  skweez
  1. To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    "squeeze a lemon";
    - squash, crush, squelch, mash
     
  2. Press firmly
    "He squeezed my hand"
     
  3. Fit like a wedge into a tight space
    "I squeezed myself into the corner";
    - wedge, force
     
  4. To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    "He squeezed her for information";
    - coerce, hale [archaic], pressure, force
     
  5. Obtain by coercion or intimidation
    "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him";
    - extort, rack, gouge, wring
     
  6. Press or force
    - thrust, stuff, shove
     
  7. Press tightly between the fingers
    "She squeezed the bottle";
    - pinch, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch
     
  8. To apply pressure on (someone) tightly with your arms, usually with fondness
    "They squeezed";
    - embrace, hug, bosom
     
  9. Bring together or compress
    "she squeezed her lips";
    - compress, constrict, compact, contract, press
Noun: squeeze  skweez
  1. The act of gripping and pressing firmly
    "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze";
    - squeezing
     
  2. A state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
    - credit crunch, liquidity crisis
     
  3. A situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
    "increased expenses put a squeeze on profits"
     
  4. (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend
    "she was his main squeeze"
     
  5. A twisting squeeze
    "gave the wet cloth a squeeze";
    - wring
     
  6. An aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
    "she laughed at this sexual squeeze and walked away";
    - power play, squeeze play
     
  7. A tight or amorous embrace
    "come here and give me a big squeeze";
    - hug, clinch
     
  8. The act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space
    "getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze"
     
  9. (baseball) the act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third

Derived forms: squeezed, squeezes, squeezing

See also: squeeze out

Type of: attempt, clasp, compel, compressing, compression, constriction, displace, effort, embrace, embracement, embracing, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], financial condition, fleece, force, gazump [Brit], grip, hook, loss, lover, motion, move, movement, obligate, oblige, overcharge, pluck, plume, press, push, red, red ink, rob, soak, surcharge, tighten, try

Encyclopedia: Squeeze