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Meaning & Definition of Squeeze in English

English

Squeeze

/skwiz/

noun

1. The act of gripping and pressing firmly

  • "He gave her cheek a playful squeeze"
    synonym:
  • 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

    synonym:
  • credit crunch
  • ,
  • liquidity crisis
  • ,
  • squeeze

3. A situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer

  • "Increased expenses put a squeeze on profits"
    synonym:
  • squeeze

4. (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend

  • "She was his main squeeze"
    synonym:
  • squeeze

5. A twisting squeeze

  • "Gave the wet cloth a wring"
    synonym:
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • wring

6. An aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

  • "She laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"
    synonym:
  • power play
  • ,
  • squeeze play
  • ,
  • squeeze

7. A tight or amorous embrace

  • "Come here and give me a big hug"
    synonym:
  • hug
  • ,
  • clinch
  • ,
  • squeeze

8. The act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space

  • "Getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze"
    synonym:
  • squeeze

verb

1. To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

  • "Crush an aluminum can"
  • "Squeeze a lemon"
    synonym:
  • squash
  • ,
  • crush
  • ,
  • squelch
  • ,
  • mash
  • ,
  • squeeze

2. Press firmly

  • "He squeezed my hand"
    synonym:
  • squeeze

3. Squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

  • "I squeezed myself into the corner"
    synonym:
  • wedge
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • force

4. To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"she forced him to take a job in the city"

  • "He squeezed her for information"
    synonym:
  • coerce
  • ,
  • hale
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • pressure
  • ,
  • force

5. Obtain by coercion or intimidation

  • "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"
  • "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
    synonym:
  • extort
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • rack
  • ,
  • gouge
  • ,
  • wring

6. Press or force

  • "Stuff money into an envelope"
  • "She thrust the letter into his hand"
    synonym:
  • thrust
  • ,
  • stuff
  • ,
  • shove
  • ,
  • squeeze

7. Squeeze tightly between the fingers

  • "He pinched her behind"
  • "She squeezed the bottle"
    synonym:
  • pinch
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • twinge
  • ,
  • tweet
  • ,
  • nip
  • ,
  • twitch

8. Squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

  • "Hug me, please"
  • "They embraced"
  • "He hugged her close to him"
    synonym:
  • embrace
  • ,
  • hug
  • ,
  • bosom
  • ,
  • squeeze

9. Squeeze or press together

  • "She compressed her lips"
  • "The spasm contracted the muscle"
    synonym:
  • compress
  • ,
  • constrict
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • compact
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • press