squeeze

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  • To press hard on or together; compress.
  • To press gently, as in affection.
  • To exert pressure on, as by way of extracting liquid.
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  • To extract by applying pressure.
  • To extract or gain by intimidation or other pressure.
  • To pressure or intimidate (someone) to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment.
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  • To obtain room for by pressure; cram.
  • To manage to find time or space for.
  • To force (an opponent) to use a potentially winning card in a trick he or she cannot take in bridge.
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  • To cause (a run or base runner) to score on a squeeze play.
  • To call as balls pitches thrown by (a pitcher) near the edges of the strike zone. Used of an umpire.
  • To give way under pressure.
  • To exert pressure.
  • To force one's way.
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  • The act or an instance of squeezing.
  • A handclasp or brief embrace.
  • An amount squeezed out.
  • A group crowded together; a crush.
  • Financial pressure caused by shortages or narrowing economic margins.
  • Pressure or intimidation to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment.
  • A forced discard of a potentially winning card in bridge.
  • A squeeze play.
  • One's primary romantic partner or sweetheart.
  • To fire (a round of bullets) by squeezing the trigger.
  • To manage narrowly to pass, win, or survive.
  • To compel to repurchase at disadvantage stock that has been sold short.
  • Pressure, or an application of pressure; a hug or embrace; a friendly, sympathetic, or loving grasp: as, a <em>squeeze</em> of the hand.
  • Crush; crowding.
  • A cast or an impression, as of an inscription or a coin, produced by forcing some plastic material into the hollows or depressions of the surface; especially, such a facsimile or impression made by applying sheets of wet unsized paper to the object to be copied, and thoroughly passing over the sheets with light blows of a stiff brush, so as to force the paper into every inequality.
  • To press forcibly; subject to strong pressure; exert pressure upon: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="squeeze">squeeze</internalXref> a sponge; hence, to bruise or crush by the application of pressure: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="squeeze">squeeze</internalXref> one's fingers in a vise; apply force or pressure to for the purpose of extracting something: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="squeeze">squeeze</internalXref> a lemon.
  • To press in sympathy or affection, or as a silent indication of interest or emotion: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="squeeze">squeeze</internalXref> one's hand.
  • To produce or procure by the application of pressure; express; extract: usually with <em>out</em>: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="squeeze">squeeze</internalXref> consent from an official.
  • To thrust forcibly; force: with <em>into</em>, or other similar adjunct: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="squeeze">squeeze</internalXref> a gown <em>into</em> a box.
  • To harass or oppress by exactions or the like.
  • To obtain a facsimile impression of on paper, by means of water and rubbing or beating. See <internalXref urlencoded="squeeze">squeeze</internalXref>, n., 3.
  • To press; press, push, or force one's way through or into some tight, narrow, or crowded place; pass by pressing or pushing.
  • To pass (through a body) under the application of pressure.
  • To press; to urge one's way, or to pass, by pressing; to crowd; -- often with <ex>through</ex>, <ex>into</ex>, etc..
  • 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.
  • The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata.
  • Pressure or constraint used to force the making of a gift, concession, or the like; exaction; extortion.
  • To press between two bodies; to press together closely; to compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice, moisture, etc.
  • Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush.
  • To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with <ex>out</ex>, <ex>through</ex>, etc..
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