1an act of squeezing something:a gentle squeeze of the trigger
a state of being forced into a small or restricted space:it was a tight squeeze in the tiny hall
dated a crowded social gathering.
a small amount of liquid extracted from something by squeezing:a squeeze of lemon juice
2a strong financial demand or pressure, typically a restriction on borrowing, spending, or investment in a financial crisis:industry faced higher costs and a squeeze on profits
[mass noun] informal money illegally extorted or exacted from someone:he was out to extract some squeeze from her
Bridge a tactic that forces an opponent to discard an important card.
3a moulding or cast of an object, or an impression or copy of a design, obtained by pressing a pliable substance round or over it.
4North American informal a person’s girlfriend or boyfriend:the poor guy just lost his main squeeze
5 (also squeeze play) Baseball an act of hitting a ball short to the infield to enable a runner on third base to start for home as soon as the ball is pitched.
1firmly press (something soft or yielding), typically with one’s fingers:Kate squeezed his hand affectionately [no object]:he squeezed with all his strength
[with object and adverbial] extract (liquid or a soft substance) from something by compressing or twisting it firmly:squeeze out as much juice as you can (as adjective, with submodifier squeezed)freshly squeezed orange juice
2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] manage to get into or through a narrow or restricted space:Sarah squeezed in beside herhe found a hole in the hedge and squeezed his way through
[with object and adverbial of direction] manage to force into or through a narrow or restricted space:she squeezed herself into her tightest pair of jeans
[with object] (squeeze someone/thing in) manage to find time for someone or something:she may be able to squeeze you in, if you play your cards right
3 [with object and adverbial] obtain (something) from someone with difficulty:councils will want to squeeze as much money out of taxpayers as they can
[with object] informal pressurize (someone) in order to obtain something from them:she used the opportunity to squeeze him for information
[with object] (squeeze someone/thing out) force someone or something out of an activity or post:workers have been squeezed out of their jobs
[with object] Bridge force (an opponent) to discard a guarding or potentially winning card.
[with object] (especially in a financial or commercial context) have a damaging or restricting effect on:the economy is being squeezed by foreign debt repayments
4 (squeeze something off) informal shoot a round or shot from a gun:squeeze off a few well-aimed shots
take a photograph:he squeezed off a half-dozen Polaroids