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squeezeverb

us   /skwiz/
  • 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.

squeezenoun

us   /skwiz/
  • 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.
(Definition of squeeze from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"squeeze" in British English

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squeezeverb

uk   /skwiːz/ us   /skwiːz/
  • 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.

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squeezenoun

uk   /skwiːz/ us   /skwiːz/
  • 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.
(Definition of squeeze from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"squeeze" in Business English

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squeezeverb [T]

uk   /skwiːz/ us   FINANCE, ECONOMICS
to reduce the amount of money that a person, company, or government can spend or earn: Higher energy and utility bills are squeezing disposable incomes. squeeze profits/budgets/marginssqueeze taxpayers/consumers/borrowers Rising food prices continue to squeeze consumers ever harder.
to reduce the number of things that are produced or sold: squeeze supplies/exports European exports have been squeezed by the cheap dollar and equally cheap Chinese yuan.

squeezenoun [C, usually singular]

uk   /skwiːz/ us   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.
(Definition of squeeze from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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