Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of gripping and pressing firmly
  2. (noun, state) a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
  3. (noun, possession) a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
  4. (noun, person) (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend
  5. (noun, event) a twisting squeeze
  6. (noun, act) an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
  7. (noun, act) a tight or amorous embrace
  8. (noun, act) the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space
  9. (verb, contact) to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    squeeze a lemon
  10. (verb, contact) press firmly
  11. (verb, contact) squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
  12. (verb, social) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :
    He squeezed her for information
  13. (verb, possession) obtain by coercion or intimidation
    They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him
  14. (verb, motion) press or force
    She thrust the letter into his hand
  15. (verb, contact) squeeze tightly between the fingers
    She squeezed the bottle
  16. (verb, contact) squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
    They embraced
    He hugged her close to him
  17. (verb, contact) squeeze or press together
    the spasm contracted the muscle

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Squeeze

  1. c.1600, probably an alteration of quease (c.1550), from O.E. cwysan "to squeeze," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (cf. Ger. quetschen "to squeeze"). Slang expression to put the squeeze on (someone or something) "exert influence" is from 1711. Baseball squeeze play first recorded 1905. Main squeeze "most important person" is atteste… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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