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squeeze (v.)

c. 1600, "press forcibly" (transitive), probably an alteration of quease (c. 1550), from Old English cwysan "to squeeze," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare German quetschen "to squeeze"). Perhaps altered by influence of many words of similar sense in squ-. Intransitive sense from 1680s. Baseball squeeze play first recorded 1905. The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue has squeeze-crab "A sour-looking, shrivelled, diminutive fellow."

squeeze (n.)

1610s, "act of squeezing," from squeeze (v.). Main squeeze "most important person" is attested from 1896; meaning "one's sweetheart, lover" is attested by 1980. Slang expression to put the squeeze on (someone or something) "exert influence on" is from 1711.

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Definitions of squeeze
1
squeeze (v.)
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;
squeeze a lemon
Synonyms: squash / crush / squelch / mash
squeeze (v.)
press firmly;
He squeezed my hand
squeeze (v.)
squeeze like a wedge into a tight space;
I squeezed myself into the corner
Synonyms: wedge / force
squeeze (v.)
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means;
He squeezed her for information
Synonyms: coerce / hale / pressure / force
squeeze (v.)
obtain by coercion or intimidation;
They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him
Synonyms: extort / rack / gouge / wring
squeeze (v.)
press or force;
Synonyms: thrust / stuff / shove
squeeze (v.)
squeeze tightly between the fingers;
She squeezed the bottle
Synonyms: pinch / twinge / tweet / nip / twitch
squeeze (v.)
hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness;
Synonyms: embrace / hug / bosom
squeeze (v.)
squeeze or press together;
2
squeeze (n.)
the act of gripping and pressing firmly;
he gave her cheek a playful squeeze
Synonyms: squeezing
squeeze (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
squeeze (n.)
a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer;
increased expenses put a squeeze on profits
squeeze (n.)
(slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend;
she was his main squeeze
squeeze (n.)
a twisting squeeze;
Synonyms: wring
squeeze (n.)
an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power;
Synonyms: power play / squeeze play
squeeze (n.)
a tight or amorous embrace;
Synonyms: hug / clinch
squeeze (n.)
the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space;
getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze
From wordnet.princeton.edu