squeeze

When you squeeze something, you put pressure on it. If you squeeze your toothpaste from the bottom up, you'll get the most out of your tube.

The word squeeze has to do with force or pressure. When you squeeze something, like an orange, you are crushing it to extract juice. When you squeeze into a pair of jeans, you're forcing yourself into them. When you give someone a squeeze, you're giving them a tight hug. And when you're in a squeeze, you're in a tight spot, or a bind.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: squeeze

1
vn
press firmly
the act of gripping and pressing firmly
2
vn
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
3
n
a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
4
n
(slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: squeeze
1

v press firmly

“He squeezed my hand”
Types:
clench
squeeze together tightly
grit
clench together
Type of:
press
exert pressure or force to or upon

v press or force

Synonyms:
shove, stuff, thrust
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

v to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

squeeze a lemon”
Synonyms:
crush, mash, squash, squelch
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wring
twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
stamp
crush or grind with a heavy instrument
steamroller
crush with a steamroller as if to level
tread
crush as if by treading on
telescope
crush together or collapse
Type of:
press
exert pressure or force to or upon

v squeeze tightly between the fingers

“She squeezed the bottle”
Synonyms:
nip, pinch, tweet, twinge, twitch
Types:
goose
pinch in the buttocks
tweak
pinch or squeeze sharply
Type of:
grip
hold fast or firmly

v squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

“I squeezed myself into the corner”
Synonyms:
force, wedge
Types:
impact
press or wedge together; pack together
compact, compress, pack together
make more compact by or as if by pressing
pack, tamp, tamp down
press down tightly
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v squeeze or press together

Synonyms:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, press
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choke, strangle
constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
prim
contract one's lips
astringe
constrict or bind or draw together
strangulate
constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air
convulse
contract involuntarily, as in a spasm
convulse
cause to contract
bear down, overbear
contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
choke, fret, gag
be too tight; rub or press
choke, scrag
wring the neck of
Type of:
tighten
become tight or tighter

v squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

Synonyms:
bosom, embrace, hug
Types:
clinch
embrace amorously
cuddle
hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
interlock, lock
become engaged or intermeshed with one another
Type of:
clasp
hold firmly and tightly

n the act of gripping and pressing firmly

“he gave her cheek a playful squeeze
Synonyms:
squeezing
Types:
pinch, tweak
a squeeze with the fingers
expression
the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing
expulsion, extrusion
squeezing out by applying pressure
Type of:
compressing, compression
applying pressure

n a twisting squeeze

Synonyms:
wring
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

n a tight or amorous embrace

Synonyms:
clinch, hug
Type of:
embrace, embracement, embracing
the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

n the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space

“getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze
Type of:
constriction
the action or process of compressing
2

v 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”
Synonyms:
coerce, force, hale, pressure
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turn up the heat, turn up the pressure
apply great or increased pressure
drive
to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
bludgeon
overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
steamroll, steamroller
bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure
squeeze for
squeeze someone for money, information, etc.
dragoon, railroad, sandbag
compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
terrorise, terrorize
coerce by violence or with threats
bring oneself
cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative
Type of:
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something

v obtain by coercion or intimidation

“They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him”
Synonyms:
extort, gouge, rack, wring
Types:
bleed
get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
Type of:
fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
rip off; ask an unreasonable price

n an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

Synonyms:
power play, squeeze play
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
3

n a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high

Synonyms:
credit crunch, liquidity crisis
Type of:
financial condition
the condition of (corporate or personal) finances

n a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer

“increased expenses put a squeeze on profits”
Type of:
loss, red, red ink
the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
4

n (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend

“she was his main squeeze
Type of:
lover
a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
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