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Definition of squeeze verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squeeze
    he / she / it squeezes
    past simple squeezed
    -ing form squeezing
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    press with fingers
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] squeeze (something) to press something firmly, especially with your fingers to squeeze a tube of toothpaste to squeeze the trigger of a gun (= to fire it) He squeezed her hand and smiled at her. Just take hold of the tube and squeeze.
  2. get liquid out
  3. 2[transitive] to get liquid out of something by pressing or twisting it hard squeeze something out of/from something to squeeze the juice from a lemon (figurative) She felt as if every drop of emotion had been squeezed from her. squeeze something (out) He took off his wet clothes and squeezed the water out. freshly squeezed orange juice squeeze something + adj. Soak the cloth in warm water and then squeeze it dry.
  4. into/through small space
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] to force someone or something/yourself into or through a small space squeeze somebody/something into, through, etc. something We managed to squeeze six people into the car. It's a pretty town, squeezed between the mountains and the ocean. (figurative) We managed to squeeze a lot into a week (= we did a lot of different things). squeeze into, through, etc. something to squeeze into a tight dress/a parking space to squeeze through a gap in the hedge squeeze through, in, past, etc. If you move forward a little, I can squeeze past.
  6. threaten
  7. 4[transitive] squeeze somebody (for something) (informal) to get something by putting pressure on someone, threatening them, etc. He's squeezing me for $1,000.
  8. limit money
  9. 5[transitive] squeeze somebody/something to strictly limit or reduce the amount of money that someone or something has or can use High interest rates have squeezed the industry hard.
  10. Idioms
    squeeze somebody dry
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    to get as much money, information, etc. out of someone as you can
    Phrasal Verbssqueeze somebody/somethinginsqueeze somebody/somethingout (of something)squeeze something out ofsqueeze up (against somebody/something)
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