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squeeze

  

      vb   mainly tr  
1    to grip or press firmly, esp. so as to crush or distort; compress  
2    to crush or press (something) so as to extract (a liquid)  
to squeeze the juice from an orange, to squeeze an orange     
3    to apply gentle pressure to, as in affection or reassurance  
he squeezed her hand     
4    to push or force in a confined space  
to squeeze six lettuces into one box, to squeeze through a crowd     
5    to hug closely  
6    to oppress with exacting demands, such as excessive taxes  
7    to exert pressure on (someone) in order to extort (something): to squeeze money out of a victim by blackmail  
8    intr   to yield under pressure  
9    to make an impression of (a coin, etc.) in a soft substance  
10      (Bridge, whist)   to lead a card that forces (opponents) to discard potentially winning cards  
      n  
11    the act or an instance of squeezing or of being squeezed  
12    a hug or handclasp  
13    a crush of people in a confined space  
14      (Chiefly Brit)   a condition of restricted credit imposed by a government to counteract price inflation  
15    an impression, esp. of a coin, etc., made in a soft substance  
16    an amount extracted by squeezing  
add a squeeze of lemon juice     
17      (Commerce)   any action taken by a trader or traders on a market that forces buyers to make purchases and prices to rise  
18    Informal   pressure brought to bear in order to extort something (esp. in the phrase put the squeeze on)  
19      (Also called)    squeeze play     (Bridge, whist)   a manoeuvre that forces opponents to discard potentially winning cards  
20    Informal   a person with whom one is having a romantic relationship  
     (C16: from Middle English queysen to press, from Old English cwysan)  
  squeezable      adj  
  squeezer      n  


credit squeeze  
      n   the control of credit facilities as an instrument of economic policy, associated with restrictions on bank loans and overdrafts, raised interest rates, etc.  
squeeze-box  
      n      an informal name for       concertina       accordion  
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