from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To press hard on or together; compress.
  • transitive v. To press gently, as in affection: squeezed her hand.
  • transitive v. To exert pressure on, as by way of extracting liquid: squeeze an orange.
  • transitive v. To extract by or as if by applying pressure: squeeze juice from a lemon; squeezed a confession out of a suspect.
  • transitive v. To extract by dishonest means; extort.
  • transitive v. To pressure or intimidate (someone) to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment.
  • transitive v. To obtain room for by pressure; cram: squeezed her books into the briefcase.
  • transitive v. To manage to find time or space for.
  • transitive v. Games To force (an opponent) to use a potentially winning card in a trick he or she cannot take in bridge.
  • transitive v. Baseball To cause (a run or base runner) to score on a squeeze play.
  • intransitive v. To give way under pressure.
  • intransitive v. To exert pressure.
  • intransitive v. To force one's way: squeeze through a crowd; squeeze into a tight space.
  • n. The act or an instance of squeezing.
  • n. An amount squeezed out: a squeeze of lemon.
  • n. A handclasp or brief embrace.
  • n. A group crowded together; a crush.
  • n. Informal A squeeze play.
  • n. Financial pressure caused by shortages or narrowing economic margins.
  • n. Pressure or intimidation to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment.
  • n. Games A forced discard of a potentially winning card in bridge.
  • n. Slang One's primary romantic partner or sweetheart.
  • squeeze off To fire (a round of bullets) by squeezing the trigger.
  • through To manage narrowly to pass, win, or survive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once
  • v. To fit into a tight place
  • v. To remove something with difficulty, or apparent difficulty
  • v. To put in a difficult position by presenting two or more choices
  • v. To attempt to score a runner from third by bunting
  • n. A difficult position
  • n. A traversal of a narrow passage
  • n. A hug or other affectionate grasp
  • n. A romantic partner
  • n. The act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third
  • n. An impression of an inscription formed by pressing wet paper onto the surface and peeling off when dry.
  • n. A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more tricks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure.
  • n. A facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone.
  • n. The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata.
  • n. Pressure or constraint used to force the making of a gift, concession, or the like; exaction; extortion.
  • intransitive v. To press; to urge one's way, or to pass, by pressing; to crowd; -- often with through, into, etc..
  • transitive v. To press between two bodies; to press together closely; to compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice, moisture, etc.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush.
  • transitive v. To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out, through, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press forcibly; subject to strong pressure; exert pressure upon: as, to squeeze a sponge; hence, to bruise or crush by the application of pressure: as, to squeeze one's fingers in a vise; apply force or pressure to for the purpose of extracting something: as, to squeeze a lemon.
  • To press in sympathy or affection, or as a silent indication of interest or emotion: as, to squeeze one's hand.
  • To produce or procure by the application of pressure; express; extract: usually with out: as, to squeeze consent from an official.
  • To thrust forcibly; force: with into, or other similar adjunct: as, to squeeze a gown into a box.
  • To harass or oppress by exactions or the like.
  • To obtain a facsimile impression of on paper, by means of water and rubbing or beating. See squeeze, n., 3.
  • To press; press, push, or force one's way through or into some tight, narrow, or crowded place; pass by pressing or pushing.
  • To pass (through a body) under the application of pressure.
  • To compel to repurchase at disadvantage stock that has been sold short.
  • n. Pressure, or an application of pressure; a hug or embrace; a friendly, sympathetic, or loving grasp: as, a squeeze of the hand.
  • n. Crush; crowding.
  • n. A cast or an impression, as of an inscription or a coin, produced by forcing some plastic material into the hollows or depressions of the surface; especially, such a facsimile or impression made by applying sheets of wet unsized paper to the object to be copied, and thoroughly passing over the sheets with light blows of a stiff brush, so as to force the paper into every inequality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space
  • n. a tight or amorous embrace
  • v. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :
  • n. a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
  • v. squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
  • v. obtain by coercion or intimidation
  • n. a twisting squeeze
  • v. squeeze or press together
  • v. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
  • n. an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
  • n. (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend
  • v. press or force
  • n. a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
  • v. press firmly
  • v. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  • n. the act of gripping and pressing firmly
  • v. squeeze tightly between the fingers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably alteration of obsolete quease, to press, from Middle English queisen, from Old English cwȳsan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

First attested around 1600, probably an alteration of quease (which is attested since 1550), from Old English cwysan ("to squeeze"), of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare German quetschen ("to squeeze")). The slang expression "to put the squeeze on (someone or something)", meaning "to exert influence", is from 1711. The baseball term "squeeze play" is first recorded 1905. "Main squeeze" ("most important person") is attested from 1896, the specific meaning "one's sweetheart, lover" is attested by 1980.



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  • "But these chaps were not much account, really. They were no colonists; their administration was merely a squeeze, and nothing more, I suspect. They were conquerors..." --Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    Definition #8 under the Wordnet tab i think...

    March 5, 2011

  • But only as a way of referring to a boyfriend / girlfriend / partner / love-interest

    January 2, 2008