Definition of squeeze verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skwiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squeeze
    BrE BrE//skwiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːz//
    he / she / it squeezes
    BrE BrE//ˈskwiːzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwiːzɪz//
    past simple squeezed
    BrE BrE//skwiːzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːzd//
    past participle squeezed
    BrE BrE//skwiːzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːzd//
    -ing form squeezing
    BrE BrE//ˈskwiːzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwiːzɪŋ//
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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 somebody/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 somebody, threatening them, etc. He's squeezing me for £500.
  8. limit money
  9. 5[transitive] squeeze somebody/something to strictly limit or reduce the amount of money that somebody/something has or can use High interest rates have squeezed the industry hard.
  10. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from earlier squise, from obsolete queise, of unknown origin.Extra examples ‘I know,’ she said, squeezing his hand gently. His legs were squeezed together. I squeezed the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube. squeezing the juice from a lemon By squeezing the bulb you will be pumping air into the jar. He slowly squeezed the trigger. It’s a pretty town, squeezed between the mountains and the ocean. She squeezed on the reins and the cart came to a halt. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over each fish. They were able to squeeze through a gap in the fence. We managed to squeeze a lot into a week.Idioms to get as much money, information, etc. out of somebody as you can Phrasal Verbssqueeze something from somebodysqueeze in somebodysqueeze out somebodysqueeze up
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