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squeeze

noun [C, usually singular]     /skwiːz/ FINANCE, ECONOMICS
a large reduction in the amount of money that a person, company, or government can spend or earn: a budget/spending/cash squeeze Hard choices have to be made during a budget squeeze. an economic/financial/monetary squeezea squeeze on sth A squeeze on earnings is expected to be highlighted in official labour market figures this week.put a/the squeeze on sb/sth Competition from discount operations is putting the squeeze on mid-market chains.a squeeze in margins/markets/profits A squeeze in the global credit market has forced the company to scrap plans to sell its US drinks division.feel/face a squeeze A series of reports last week suggests that financial institutions will feel the squeeze on their balance sheets well into next year. → See also credit squeeze, profit squeeze
(Definition of squeeze noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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