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Verb: squeeze  skweez
  1. Use force to compress, making out of normal shape or condition
    "squeeze a lemon";
    - squash, crush, squelch, mash, squidge [informal], squish [informal]
  2. Press firmly
    "He squeezed my hand"
  3. Force to fit into (or through) a tight space
    "I squeezed myself into the corner";
    - wedge, force, squash, sardine [informal]
  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 [archaic], gouge [informal], wring
  6. Press or force
    - thrust, stuff, shove
  7. Press tightly between the fingers
    "She squeezed the bottle";
    - pinch, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch
  8. Hold (someone) tightly in 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: extrude, squeeze out

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

Encyclopedia: Squeeze