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squeeze

verb  /skwiz/ us  

squeeze verb (PRESS TOGETHER)

[T] to press something firmly, or to force something out, esp. a liquid, by pressing: Bake for 15 minutes, then squeeze the cloves to get the softened garlic out. I squeezed her shoulder (= pressed it affectionately with a hand).

squeeze verb (FORCE INTO)

[always + adv/prep] to force someone or something into a small space or a short period of time: [I] I’m just not able to squeeze into last year’s swimsuit. [T] She’s asking me to squeeze a shopping trip into my day off. [M] You can squeeze in six people at the table.

squeeze

noun  /skwiz/ us  

squeeze noun (PRESSING TOGETHER)

[C] the act of pressing something firmly: I gave his shoulder a squeeze. fig. State parks will feel the squeeze from budget cuts (= the cuts will have a limiting effect).

squeeze noun (FORCING INTO A SPACE)

[C usually sing] the act of forcing someone or something into a small space, often by pushing or pressing: It’ll be a tight squeeze with four other people in the car, but I’ll give you a lift.
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