squeeze Definition

  • 1to press something firmly, especially with your fingers
  • 2to fit into a tight space
  • 3to obtain something with difficulty or effort

Using squeeze: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "squeeze" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She squeezed the lemon to get some juice.

  • Example

    I managed to squeeze through the gap in the fence.

  • Example

    He squeezed his way through the crowd to get to the front.

  • Example

    We need to squeeze more people into the car.

squeeze Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for squeeze

Antonyms for squeeze

Idioms Using squeeze

  • squeeze blood out of a stone

    to try to get something from someone who has nothing to give


    Trying to get a raise from my boss is like trying to squeeze blood out of a stone.

  • to take all of someone's money or resources


    The high rent is squeezing me dry.

  • to fire a gun


    He hesitated for a moment before squeezing the trigger.

Phrases with squeeze

  • to escape from a difficult or dangerous situation


    He managed to squeeze out of the burning building.

  • to manage to find time to do something in a busy schedule


    I can squeeze in a quick meeting before lunch.

  • squeeze play

    a baseball tactic where the batter bunts the ball and the runner on third base tries to score while the fielders try to make the out at first base


    The team won the game with a squeeze play in the ninth inning.

Origins of squeeze

from Old English 'squeezan'


Summary: squeeze in Brief

The verb 'squeeze' [skwiːz] means to press something firmly, fit into a tight space, or obtain something with difficulty. It can be used in phrases like 'squeeze out of,' meaning to escape from a difficult situation, and idioms like 'squeeze blood out of a stone,' which refers to trying to get something from someone who has nothing to give. 'Squeeze' has formal synonyms like 'compress' and informal ones like 'crunch.'

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