1 clutch, compress, crush, grip, nip, pinch, press, squash, wring
2 cram, crowd, force, jam, jostle, pack, press, ram, stuff, thrust, wedge
3 clasp, cuddle, embrace, enfold, hold tight, hug
4 bleed (informal) bring pressure to bear on, extort, lean on (informal) milk, oppress, pressurize, put the screws on (informal) put the squeeze on (informal) wrest
5 clasp, embrace, handclasp, hold, hug
6 congestion, crowd, crush, jam, press, squash
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