• WordNet 3.6
    • v squeeze squeeze or press together "she compressed her lips","the spasm contracted the muscle"
    • v squeeze squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness "Hug me, please","They embraced","He hugged her close to him"
    • v squeeze press firmly "He squeezed my hand"
    • v squeeze squeeze tightly between the fingers "He pinched her behind","She squeezed the bottle"
    • v squeeze squeeze like a wedge into a tight space "I squeezed myself into the corner"
    • v squeeze to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition "crush an aluminum can","squeeze a lemon"
    • v squeeze press or force "Stuff money into an envelope","She thrust the letter into his hand"
    • v squeeze obtain by coercion or intimidation "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss","They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
    • v squeeze to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city" "He squeezed her for information"
    • n squeeze the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space "getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze"
    • n squeeze the act of gripping and pressing firmly "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"
    • n squeeze a tight or amorous embrace "come here and give me a big hug"
    • n squeeze an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"
    • n squeeze a twisting squeeze "gave the wet cloth a wring"
    • n squeeze (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend "she was his main squeeze"
    • n squeeze a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer "increased expenses put a squeeze on profits"
    • n squeeze a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube aboard Friendship 7 in 1962.
    • Squeeze A facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone.
    • Squeeze Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush. "In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden."
    • Squeeze Pressure or constraint used to force the making of a gift, concession, or the like; exaction; extortion; as, to put the squeeze on someone. "One of the many “ squeezes ” imposed by the mandarins."
    • Squeeze The act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure.
    • Squeeze (Mining) The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata.
    • Squeeze To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out through, etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt.
    • Squeeze To press between two bodies; to press together closely; to compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice, moisture, etc.; as, to squeeze an orange with the fingers; to squeeze the hand in friendship.
    • v. i Squeeze To press; to urge one's way, or to pass, by pressing; to crowd; -- often with through into, etc.; as, to squeeze hard to get through a crowd.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you squeezed out all of the bacteria from your intestines, you could almost fill up a coffee mug.
    • squeeze 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.
    • squeeze To press in sympathy or affection, or as a silent indication of interest or emotion: as, to squeeze one's hand.
    • squeeze To produce or procure by the application of pressure; express; extract: usually with out: as, to squeeze consent from an official.
    • squeeze To thrust forcibly; force: with into, or other similar adjunct: as, to squeeze a gown into a box.
    • squeeze To harass or oppress by exactions or the like.
    • squeeze To obtain a facsimile impression of on paper, by means of water and rubbing or beating. See squeeze, n., 3.
    • squeeze To press; press, push, or force one's way through or into some tight, narrow, or crowded place; pass by pressing or pushing.
    • squeeze To pass (through a body) under the application of pressure.
    • n squeeze Pressure, or an application of pressure; a hug or embrace; a friendly, sympathetic, or loving grasp: as, a squeeze of the hand.
    • n squeeze Crush; crowding.
    • n squeeze 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. The paper, upon drying, hardens, yielding a perfect and durable negative, or reversed copy, of the original. This method is employed by archæologists for securing faithful transcripts of ancient inscriptions.
    • squeeze To compel to repurchase at disadvantage stock that has been sold short.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The giant Pacific octopus can squeeze its entire body through a hole the size of its beak.
    • v.t Squeeze skwēz to crush or press between two bodies: to embrace closely: to force through a small hole: to cause to pass: to extort, oppress, harass
    • v.i Squeeze to push between close bodies: to press: to crowd
    • n Squeeze act of squeezing: pressing between bodies: an impression of an inscription, &c., made by taking a rubbing
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  • Wayne Dyer
    “What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out -- because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.”
  • Zen Saying
    Zen Saying
    “The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It isn't easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head filled with prejudice.”
  • Tommy Lasorda
    Tommy Lasorda
    “Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.”


Squeeze blood out of a turnip - (USA) When people say that you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip, it means that you cannot get something from a person, especially money, that they don't have.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. queisen, AS. cwēsan, cwȳsan, cwīsan, of uncertain origin. The s-, was probably prefixed through the influence of squash, v.t


In literature:

She squeezed them away with her palms.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Water is squeezing, water is almost squeezing on lard.
"Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein
But she did not want to sell either; she wanted to take and take, to squeeze and squeeze.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
When he felt himself secure in his monopoly he would squeeze the fishermen, squeeze them hard.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
They sprang into each other's arms and became welded for life in one beautiful but awful squeeze.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
The Sirdar occupied almost the whole of the back seat, and Jo was squeezed into the crack which was left.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
He took up her hand and squeezed it impulsively, as an older person might have done.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
The minute you knead or squeeze pastry that is the moment you make it tough.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Looks like they're tryin' to squeeze us.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
So I've put us in a time squeeze.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin

In poetry:

Seen a sparkle in her eye,
Heard her heave a little sigh;
Felt her kinder squeeze ma han',
'Nuff to make me understan'.
"Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey" by James Weldon Johnson
His winking eyelid sang a song
Her heart could understand,
Eternity seemed scarce too long
When BERNARD squeezed her hand.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
While Twardowski taunts and teases
And attempts to bar his way,
Through the keyhole, out he squeezes
And is running yet, they say.
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz
There was a Young Lady of Norway,
Who casually sat on a doorway;
When the door squeezed her flat,
She exclaimed, 'What of that?'
This courageous Young Lady of Norway.
"Limerick: There was a Young Lady of Norway," by Edward Lear
Like a wine-press for mammon to form a gold-
It squeezed their best blood through its fangs;
And he quaffed at a breath the quick vintage of death,
While it foamed with humanity's pangs.
"The Better Hope" by Ernest Jones
There was kissing and squeezing, And coaxing and teasing;
And sure there's no reason
Such things should be seen. But Donegan's daughter
From over the water,
'Twas she made the slaughter In Ballyporeen.
"Donegan's Daughter" by William Percy French

In news:

Series 5 Episode 229 Freshly Squeezed.
What was fine for wine put the squeeze on juice.
Big Retail Squeezes Hong Kong Middleman.
Shoppers are not the only ones feeling the squeeze of rising food prices.
In twist worthy of a reality TV show, Kate Gosselin has been tweeting with her ex-husband's former squeeze, Hailey Glassman , RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Pause for one count, then squeeze your glutes and hamstrings to press the weight back up.
Contract your abs, and then squeeze your glutes and hamstrings to thrust your hips upward.
On an inhalation, firmly squeeze the block with both hands as you lean your torso to the left.
Limes freshly squeezed to UR taste.
Squeezing seniors to keep the gravy train rolling.
Jordan squeezed by Syria's civil Karin Brulliard and Joby Warrick.
Gumby -like robot squeezes through tight spaces (VIDEO).
It's a simple case of classic economics: High demand for homes as the supply is squeezed means that prices rise, as demonstrated in the latest statistics released by the Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR).
Now it looks like Sweden's neighbor to the south, Denmark, is trying to squeeze in.
The Meshworm moves itself along by squeezing each of its segments in turn.

In science:

The JK wavefunction can be viewed as the Q-representation of the squeeze state .
A simple variational approach to the quantum Frenkel-Kontorova model
Our discussion is focused on photon-number statistics rather than squeezing or other phase-related properties.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
This state is essentially a limit of a squeezed vacuum state.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
Polarization squeezing occurs when the statistical fluctuations of one Stokes parameter are below the minimum-uncertainty limit.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
On the other hand, the total two-mode squeezed vacuum is a pure state.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments