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Definition of SQUEEZE

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Squeeze \Squeeze\ (skw[=e]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Squeezed} (skw[=e]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squeezing}.] [OE. queisen, AS. cw[=e]san, cw[=y]san, cw[imac]san, of uncertain origin. The s- was probably prefixed through the influence of squash, v.t.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush. [1913 Webster]

              In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden.           --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

     3. To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out, through, etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To compress; hug; pinch; gripe; crowd.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Squeeze \Squeeze\, v. i.
     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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Squeeze \Squeeze\, n.
     1. The act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure. [1913 Webster]

     2. A facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Mining) The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     4. Pressure or constraint used to force the making of a gift, concession, or the like; exaction; extortion; as, to put the squeeze on someone. [Colloq.]

              One of the many "squeezes" imposed by the mandarins.
                                                    --A. R. Colquhoun. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

268 Moby Thesaurus words for "squeeze": arrest, arrestation, arrestment, badger, bar, barricade, bear, bear against, bear down on, bear down upon, bear hard upon, bear hug, bind, blackmail, bleed, block, block up, blockade, blockage, blocking, bolt, boodle, booty, bosom, broad, check, chock, choke, choke off, clamp, clamping, clamping down, clasp, clench, clinch, clip, clogging, close, close off, close tight, close up, closing up, closure, clutch, compact, complication, compress, compression, concentrate, condense, congest, consolidate, constrict, constriction, contort, contract, cram, cramp, crowd, crunch, crush, debar, decoct, delay, densen, densify, detainment, detention, distill, distort, dog, doxy, embarrassing position, embarrassment, embosom, embrace, enfold, enfoldment, ensphere, essentialize, exact, express, extort, extract, fine how-do-you-do, fixation, fold, foot-dragging, force, force from, garble, get by, get one wrong, get through, get wrong, gloss, gouge, graft, grip, hampering, haul, hell to pay, high-pressure, hindering, hindrance, hobble, hold, holdback, holdup, hot goods, hot water, how-do-you-do, hug, imbroglio, impediment, influence, infuse, inhibition, interference, interruption, jam, lean on, let, levy blackmail, lock, loot, melt down, mess, milk, misapply, misapprehend, miscite, misconceive, misconstrue, misdeem, misexplain, misexplicate, misexpound, misinterpret, misjudge, misquote, misread, misrender, mistake, mistranslate, mistress, misunderstand, mix, moll, morass, negativism, nip, nuisance value, obstruct, obstruction, obstructionism, occlude, occlusion, opposition, pack, parlous straits, pass, perks, perquisite, pervert, pickings, pickle, pinch, plight, plunder, pork barrel, predicament, press, press out, pressure, pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament, prize, pry loose from, pry out, public till, public trough, push, put pressure on, quagmire, quicksand, ram, ram down, refine, rend, rend from, render, repression, resistance, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, rip, rip from, scrape, screw, setback, shake, shake down, shut off, shut out, shut tight, slough, snatch from, soak, solidify, spoil, spoils, spoils of office, spot, squab, squash, squeak by, squeak through, squeeze shut, squeezing, squish, stealings, steep, stew, sticky wicket, stifle, stolen goods, stop up, strain the sense, strait, straits, strangle, stranglehold, strangulate, stricture, stuff, suffocate, suppression, swag, swamp, sweetheart, sweetie, take, tear, tear from, tight spot, tight squeeze, tighten, tightening, tightrope, till, torture, tricky spot, tweak, twist the words, unholy mess, urge, wad up, wedge, wrench, wrench from, wrest, wring, wring from, wring out

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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