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squeeze

verb uk   /skwiːz/ us  

squeeze verb (PRESS TOGETHER)

B2 [T] to press something firmly, especially from all sides in order to change its shape, reduce its size, or remove liquid from it: Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl. As she waited to go into the exam, he squeezed her hand (= pressed it affectionately with his hand) and wished her good luck. Once he had finished cleaning the floor, he squeezed the cloth out. He reloaded the gun, took aim, and then squeezed (= pulled back) the trigger.figurative The studio is using all sorts of marketing tricks to squeeze as much profit from the movie as they can. [T] If you are squeezed by financial demands, they cause you financial problems: Small businesses are being squeezed by heavy taxation.

squeeze verb (MOVE)

C1 [I + adv/prep] to get in, through, under, etc. with difficulty: She squeezed through the crowd and found a seat at the front. They managed to squeeze under the fence and get into the festival without paying.

squeeze

noun uk   /skwiːz/ us  

squeeze noun (PRESS)

[C] the act of pressing something firmly: She gave the present a quick squeeze and tried to guess what was inside. Garnish the fish with some fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon.

squeeze noun (LIMIT)

[C usually singular] a reduction or limit: The squeeze on profits in the oil industry has led to thousands of redundancies. The squeeze on local spending means that many services will have to be cut. [C usually singular] a period in which the supply of money is limited by the government because of economic difficulties: The government has imposed a sharp credit squeeze in an attempt to hold down inflation.

squeeze noun (SPACE)

[S] a situation in which people or things are pushed or forced into a small space: I can give you a lift, but it'll be a tight squeeze as I'm taking four other people as well.
(Definition of squeeze from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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