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



    BrE BrE//skwiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwiːz//
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    pressing with fingers
  1. 1  [countable, usually singular] an act of pressing something, usually with your hands He gave my hand a little squeeze. Give the tube another squeeze.
  2. of liquid
  3. 2  [countable] a small amount of liquid that is produced by pressing something a squeeze of lemon juice
  4. in small space
  5. 3[singular] a situation where it is almost impossible for a number of people or things to fit into a small or restricted space It was a tight squeeze but we finally got everything into the case. Seven people in the car was a bit of a squeeze.
  6. reduction in money
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] a reduction in the amount of money, jobs, etc. available; a difficult situation caused by this a squeeze on profits We're really feeling the squeeze since I lost my job. a credit squeeze
  8. boyfriend/girlfriend
  9. 5[singular] (informal, especially North American English) a boyfriend or girlfriend Who's his main squeeze?
  10. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from earlier squise, from obsolete queise, of unknown origin.Extra examples All manufacturers are feeling the squeeze. He gave her hand a gentle squeeze. He gave his mother a comforting squeeze as he left. Hospitals have been in a squeeze for some time. The government is trying to put the squeeze on high earners. There were seven of us in the car and it was a tight squeeze. We can get six in the car at a squeeze. a squeeze on spendingIdioms
    put the squeeze on somebody (to do something)
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    (informal) to put pressure on somebody to act in a particular way; to make a situation difficult for somebody You come straight to me if she tries to put the squeeze on you. Increased competition is really putting the squeeze on North American producers.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: squeeze