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a credit crunch/squeeze (=a situation in which people are not allowed as much credit as before)
▪ Due to a credit squeeze, interest rates rose.
be a tight squeeze/fit
▪ Six in the car will be a tight squeeze.
pull/squeeze the trigger
▪ He took aim and squeezed the trigger.
screw/squeeze your eyes shut (=shut your eyes tight)
▪ Breathing can be stimulated by gently squeezing the tail, and if the pup squeaks it is most likely to survive.
Gently squeeze lemons open and place / 2 teaspoon salt in center of each.
▪ As he gently squeezes, she will release from 5 to 20 eggs which he fertilises.
▪ Kate saw two young, surprised black eyes under heavy eyebrows as she gently squeezed the trigger.
▪ It was as if my heart were being gently squeezed.
▪ His arm went around her, squeezing gently, a reassuring, comforting gesture.
▪ To cure the fault, gently squeeze the segments of the female terminal together with a small pair of pliers.
▪ She watched Sandra squeeze in with him.
▪ Still, we managed to squeeze in a lunch here, a dinner there.
▪ Not one more passenger could have squeezed in.
▪ You may have buzzed around like a maniac, squeezing in as many errands as time and traffic would allow.
▪ But Rebecca Hall insisted the challenge stipulated that five people must squeeze in together.
▪ Then to top it all, two of Mary's friends squeezed in with several more parcels.
▪ I have to bend my head forward to squeeze in.
▪ The humans and their needs had to be squeezed in when time and space permitted.
▪ But by the 1930s the Gloucestershire Old Spot was being squeezed out by faster growing modern hybrids.
▪ He shuts his eyes and tears squeeze out from his eyelids and fall down his poor old face.
▪ Any excess liquid is squeezed out of the mixture.
▪ No girdle would squeeze out the illusion of a girlish figure once that form departed.
▪ The independent schemes, like ourselves, need help or they are in danger of being squeezed out.
▪ A mature orange tree can squeeze out 250 to 300 oranges.
▪ What I think we shall see is a massive squeezing out in the industry and more farmers getting together.
▪ Shrunken Styrofoam heads are a special favorite, the heads taking on alien features as air squeezes out of the foam.
▪ Some one had obviously picked them, and squeezed through.
▪ Twenty years ago this road was overgrowing with alders, but you could still squeeze through.
▪ The tube is too narrow even for the nucleus, which only just squeezes through.
▪ Ludens helped her push and they squeezed through.
▪ Police barricades are set up to allow one lane of traffic, each way, to squeeze through.
▪ She turned then, tugging at the wire-mesh fence, squeezing through.
▪ In New York the Constitution squeezed through by a mere three votes30 to 27.
▪ He squeezed my arm to make sure I got the point.
▪ The lover chuckled and squeezed her arm.
▪ Her friend squeezed her arm and winked across at her.
▪ Unconsciously she kept squeezing Franca's arm.
▪ The fingers squeezed my flesh gently.
▪ Her shoulders shook, her mouth compressed; she knotted her fingers and squeezed the blood out of them.
▪ He imagined her delicate fingers squeezing and crushing at him in the same way.
▪ He was surprised at its strength as it curled sic three inch long body around his index finger, and squeezed.
▪ The fingers are used to squeeze and pull the clay until it becomes thin enough to form the wall of the pot.
▪ Spike grabbed both ants with his fingers and squeezed the heads until the bodies fell away.
▪ With your hands squeeze the ingredients together until they make a ball.
▪ The boy's hand is squeezed by the weeping wife.
▪ With a quick gesture Newt held the box fast with his left hand and squeezed a plastic rectangle with his right.
▪ Shelley cut a grapefruit in half and squeezed the juice.
▪ Drinks are hand-shaken and only freshly squeezed juices are used for mixing.
▪ Grate the rind of the lime finely and squeeze the juice from the lime.
▪ Freshly squeezed organic juices also available.
▪ These men were wealthy and the rum was politeness rather than a bribe, particularly the effort of squeezing fresh orange juice.
▪ In the meantime, grate the rind from one of the oranges and squeeze the juice from this and a second orange.
▪ Cut the lime and squeeze the juice over before serving.
▪ Grate the rind from the remainder of this one and the second lime and squeeze out the juice from both.
▪ Gently squeeze lemons open and place / 2 teaspoon salt in center of each.
▪ Giant and inefficient marketing boards have had the opposite effect of their nominal purpose, and have further squeezed farmers' margins.
▪ Financial stocks dropped on concern that Treasury bonds yields are headed up, squeezing banks profit margins.
▪ Falling stock markets and a lack of merger activity have squeezed margins and profits in investment banks.
▪ But deflation is also squeezing corporate margins and making it harder to tackle the high levels of corporate and national debts.
▪ So the only way to squeeze the money supply is to reduce the public's savings.
▪ He keeps delaying matters so he can squeeze more money out of me.
▪ If he kept his nerve he would squeeze more money out of Bill Coleby.
▪ But neither can the scheme continue unless Sri Lankans are squeezed for more money.
▪ Falling stock markets and a lack of merger activity have squeezed margins and profits in investment banks.
▪ Financial stocks dropped on concern that Treasury bonds yields are headed up, squeezing banks profit margins.
▪ The wage explosions also had an immediate economic impact: by jacking up costs they squeezed profits further and boosted inflation.
▪ I stand up, walk across, and squeeze her shoulder.
▪ She squeezed his shoulder comfortingly and stepped away as Eddie reappeared with a cloth wrapped bundle.
▪ I cocked the old gun and squeezed the trigger, and it just went forward too slowly to fire a round.
▪ Then, swallowing once, he shut his eyes and squeezed the trigger.
▪ He snapped off a shot, hardly even bothering to point the gun before he squeezed the trigger.
▪ Breathing becomes slower, then more shallow and finally the shooter holds about half a breath and squeezes the trigger.
▪ He squeezed the trigger and the echo of the shot blasted all around the stairwell.
▪ Leese rolled the throttle open to the indent starting position and squeezed the trigger switch on his collective.
▪ He held the piece up and sighted it, squeezing the trigger, allowing the hammer to fall on an empty chamber.
▪ I squeeze the trigger, recoil, smell the metallic smoke, hear the shotgun crack.
▪ After washing, squeeze water out with a towel and leave to dry naturally for about 15 minutes.
▪ I rinsed the sponge as well as I could, lathered it, squeezed much black water out of it.
▪ She had taken them off and Spike had squeezed the water from them.
▪ Press spinach against strainer with a large spoon to squeeze out as much water as possible.
▪ It seems inevitable that the flattening process will continue and that middle managers will continue to be squeezed.
▪ Creed opened his mouth to call her back, but clamped it shut when he felt his own arm squeezed even harder.
▪ She felt a tear squeeze itself from the corner of her eye.
▪ As the flickering tongue scooped inside her shallow navel, so she felt gentle hands squeezing her pliant gourds.
▪ She felt as if some one had squeezed her heart hard and painfully.
▪ Still, we managed to squeeze in a lunch here, a dinner there.
▪ It took the better part of an hour, but in the end we managed to squeeze everything in.
▪ The Kings managed to squeeze in one last bit of frustration before the All-Star break.
▪ He tried squeezing through the bars but it was impossible to escape.
▪ Having grabbed the idea of the airline with both hands, Branson was now trying to squeeze him out of the operation altogether.
▪ Or you could be sensible and stop trying to squeeze the last drop of current from the transformer!
▪ The world's biggest aircraft-leasing firm will now try to squeeze concessions from its hapless bondholders.
▪ Every time she tried to move he squeezed his grip and she felt herself begin to black out.
Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a jug.
▪ a horrible doll that cried when you squeezed it
▪ Alice squeezed my arm affectionately, and said goodbye.
▪ Alice squeezed the wet sponge.
▪ Cathy gently squeezed my hand.
▪ Cuts in federal funding are squeezing public housing agencies.
▪ I squeezed the toothpaste tube, but nothing came out.
▪ I squeezed through a hole in the hedge into the garden.
▪ I can't squeeze any more tomato paste out of this tube.
▪ I don't think I can squeeze any more files into this drawer.
▪ I start the day with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
▪ It's no use trying to squeeze yourself into clothes that are too small for you.
▪ The bus was already full but someone opened the doors and another passenger squeezed in.
▪ The tunnel was so narrow that only one person at a time could squeeze into it.
▪ Bring all four edges to the top to form a little parcel and squeeze to secure. 4.
▪ Earnings growth is also being squeezed.
▪ I cocked the old gun and squeezed the trigger, and it just went forward too slowly to fire a round.
▪ Research showed the region had many recreational activities squeezed into a compact area, said Herder.
▪ She turned around and scampered back across the footpath to the gate, squeezed under and crept to the dish.
▪ The humans and their needs had to be squeezed in when time and space permitted.
▪ They pushed and squeezed their way out of the jute field.
▪ Pausing just before stepping out into view, she absorbed the scene with a tight squeeze inside her heart.
▪ Despite the tight squeeze, the office has graced Borrego Springs with a personal touch over the decades.
▪ Voice over Once inside, it was clear just what a tight squeeze it would be.
▪ It was a tight squeeze and she tore her jacket.
▪ If you do it would be a tight squeeze for you all in Tom's house.
▪ There were only ninety of them, but it was a tight squeeze.
▪ This situation would occur in circumstances as in the late 1960s, when due to a credit squeeze, interest rates rose.
▪ In 1974 his property and investment group also faced problems brought on by a credit squeeze and downturn in the building market.
▪ The government responded to the payments crisis with a credit squeeze.
▪ It won't be affected by the credit squeeze ...?
▪ The juiciest orange feels the squeeze.
▪ An important moment had arrived and he could feel the inconvenient squeeze of moral choice.
▪ All manufacturers are feeling the squeeze.
▪ Fears of mortgage defaults are adding pressure to an already depressed property market, while reports of industry feeling the squeeze proliferated.
▪ Then pulls me down beside her, and gives me a sisterly squeeze.
▪ His hand came out and took hold of her ankle, gave it a squeeze and a shake.
▪ So I settled for dusting off his shoulder and giving it a quick squeeze.
▪ All you know is that the big guy has placed his hand on your shoulder and given it a friendly squeeze.
▪ A worker stimulates the grub to produce its silk by giving it a little squeeze.
▪ She reached out a hand, gave mine a squeeze.
▪ None of the reptiles are venomous, although some of these boa constrictors could give a nasty squeeze.
▪ She slipped her hand into his, and he gave it a squeeze before he released it.
▪ Squeeze the legs together 30 times, holding each squeeze for 1 second.
▪ Extend both legs forwards and squeeze them together 30 times holding each squeeze for 1 second.
▪ Sitting with legs outstretched, squeeze the legs together 30 times, holding each squeeze for 1 second.
▪ Place your hands on your lower thighs and squeeze the legs together 30 times, holding each squeeze for 1 second.
▪ Repeat 20 times, holding each squeeze for 1 second.
▪ In summary, Warwickshire's batting is usually adequate as long as the bowlers are able to put a squeeze on the opposition.
▪ Look, President Clinton might host some questionable coffees, but he never would put the squeeze on a Brownie!
▪ The Treasury number two has targeted the most vulnerable in the drive to put the squeeze on government spending.
▪ Secondly, its effect could only be to put the squeeze on landowners who sat in the path of the reservoir.
▪ Democratic plans for Medicare rely mostly on putting a squeeze on health care providers, such as hospitals and doctors.
▪ Small businesses are beginning to feel the financial squeeze.
Squeeze the legs together 30 times, holding each squeeze for 1 second.
▪ A lovely white hand, spangled and professionally looked after, gripped Lois's arm for an intimate squeeze.
▪ But the study also offers a sobering reminder about the financial squeeze on families at the bottom.
▪ Despite squeezes on capital expenditure in this sector, total sales did increase slightly to £9.3m from £8.3m in 1991.
▪ She reached out a hand, gave mine a squeeze.
▪ Then put on your rubber gloves and give the meat a good squeeze with both hands.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Squeeze \Squeeze\ (skw[=e]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Squeezed (skw[=e]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Squeezing.] [OE. queisen, AS. cw[=e]san, cw[=y]san, cw[=i]san, of uncertain origin. The s- was probably prefixed through the influence of squash, v.t.]

  1. To press between two bodies; to press together closely; to compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice, moisture, etc.; as, to squeeze an orange with the fingers; to squeeze the hand in friendship.

  2. Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush.

    In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden.

  3. To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out, through, etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt.

    Syn: To compress; hug; pinch; gripe; crowd.


Squeeze \Squeeze\, v. i. To press; to urge one's way, or to pass, by pressing; to crowd; -- often with through, into, etc.; as, to squeeze hard to get through a crowd.


Squeeze \Squeeze\, n.

  1. The act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure.

  2. A facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone.

  3. (Mining) The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata.

  4. Pressure or constraint used to force the making of a gift, concession, or the like; exaction; extortion; as, to put the squeeze on someone. [Colloq.]

    One of the many ``squeezes'' imposed by the mandarins.
    --A. R. Colquhoun.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, "press forcibly" (transitive), probably an alteration of quease (c.1550), from Old English cwysan "to squeeze," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (compare German quetschen "to squeeze"). Perhaps altered by influence of many words of similar sense in squ-. Intransitive sense from 1680s. Baseball squeeze play first recorded 1905. The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue has squeeze-crab "A sour-looking, shrivelled, diminutive fellow."


1610s, "act of squeezing," from squeeze (v.). Main squeeze "most important person" is attested from 1896; meaning "one's sweetheart, lover" is attested by 1980. Slang expression to put the squeeze on (someone or something) "exert influence on" is from 1711.


n. 1 A difficult position 2 A traversal of a narrow passage 3 A hug or other affectionate grasp 4 (context slang English) A romantic partner 5 (context baseball English) The act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third 6 (epigraphy) An impression of an inscription formed by pressing wet paper onto the surface and peeling off when dry. 7 (context card games English) A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more tricks. 8 (context archaic English) A bribe or fee paid to a middleman, especially in Chin

  1. 9 (cx mining English) The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once 2 (context ambitransitive English) To fit into a tight place

  1. v. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon" [syn: squash, crush, squelch, mash]

  2. press firmly; "He squeezed my hand"

  3. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner" [syn: wedge, force]

  4. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information" [syn: coerce, hale, pressure, force]

  5. obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him" [syn: extort, rack, gouge, wring]

  6. press or force; "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand" [syn: thrust, stuff, shove]

  7. squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" [syn: pinch, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch]

  8. hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced" [syn: embrace, hug, bosom]

  9. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: compress, constrict, compact, contract, press]

  1. n. the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze" [syn: squeezing]

  2. a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high [syn: credit crunch, liquidity crisis]

  3. a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer; "increased expenses put a squeeze on profits"

  4. (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend; "she was his main squeeze"

  5. a twisting squeeze; "gave the wet cloth a wring" [syn: wring]

  6. an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power [syn: power play, squeeze play]

  7. a tight or amorous embrace; "come here and give me a big hug" [syn: hug, clinch]

  8. the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space; "getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze"

Squeeze (Fiona album)

Squeeze is the fourth studio album by singer Fiona, released in 1992 through Geffen Records.


Squeeze or squeezing may refer to:

  • Compression (physical)
  • Squeeze (copying method), a way to copy inscriptions or bas-relief decorations, "to take a squeeze of an inscription".
Squeeze (band)

Squeeze are a British band, that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the new wave period of the late 1970s, and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs " Cool for Cats", " Up the Junction", " Tempted", " Labelled with Love", " Black Coffee in Bed", " Another Nail in My Heart", " Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)" and " Hourglass". Though not as commercially successful in the United States, Squeeze had American chart hits with "Tempted", "Hourglass" and " 853-5937", and they have a dedicated following there and continue to attract new fans. All of Squeeze's hits were written by band members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, with the former penning the lyrics and the latter handling the composition. The duo were hailed as "the heirs to Lennon and McCartney's throne" during their peak of popularity in the early 1980s.

The group formed in Deptford, London, in 1974, and first broke up in 1982. Squeeze then reformed in 1985, and disbanded again in 1999. The band reunited for tours through the United States and United Kingdom in 2007, and this touring version of Squeeze has continued.

In 2010, they issued Spot the Difference, an album of newly recorded versions of older material. The band's first album of all-new material since 1998, Cradle to the Grave, was released in October 2015.

Squeeze (Squeeze album)

Squeeze is the self-titled first studio album released by British group Squeeze. The album title was simply Squeeze in the United Kingdom, but in the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries the album, like the band, was marketed under the name U.K. Squeeze to avoid confusion with similarly named American and Australian groups.

The LP was produced by John Cale, except for " Take Me I'm Yours" and " Bang Bang" (also the only singles released from the LP). Those songs were produced by the band.

According to Glenn Tilbrook the process for making their first album was rewarding but also frustrating: "For me, U.K. Squeeze wasn’t really very representative of what we were doing at the time. When we worked with John Cale in the studio, he threw out all the songs that we had written. When most bands make their first album, they go in and do a lot of stuff that’s been going down well in their sets; well, that wasn’t the case with us. He told us to write new songs – which we did. He was inspirational guy to work with, but I felt that it was almost like we were writing for what he wanted rather than what the band itself was. When you’re in a position to be making a first album, it’s (A) awe-inspiring to be making an album, and (B) difficult to assert yourself against somebody who knows the ropes."

Chris Difford's approach to writing the lyrics for the album was different as well. According to an interview with Bud Scoppa, Difford found the process of working with their producer John Cale to be challenging: "I remember, he came up and said, 'Lyrically, you’re quite soft; have you ever thought about writin’ about musclemen?' I said, 'That’s never occurred to me, actually.' And he said, 'Well, go away and do it – I wanna see songs like that on the album.' So my perception of what the band was at that point was completely different from the way he saw it, obviously. He had us doing some awfully strange things."

The initial A&M Canada and A&M U.S. LP pressings were released on limited edition red vinyl.

In 1997, the CD was released in the UK with two bonus tracks, as part of the Six of One... box set. The set included the band's first six studio albums, each digitally remastered. These CDs were made available for individual purchase in 1998.

Squeeze (The Velvet Underground album)

Squeeze is the fifth and final studio album released by the Velvet Underground. While labeled as a Velvet Underground record, it actually features no members of the group other than multi-instrumentalist Doug Yule, who wrote and recorded the album almost entirely by himself. Yule had joined the Velvet Underground prior to recording their self-titled third album, replacing founding member John Cale, and had contributed significantly to the fourth album, Loaded. Following the departures of the remaining founding members, Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison, Yule took control of the band. Longtime drummer Maureen Tucker was slated to appear on Squeeze by Yule, but she was dismissed by the band's manager, Steve Sesnick.

Following a promotional tour for the album by Yule and a backing band, Yule called it quits, bringing the Velvet Underground to an end until the group reformed for a tour in 1993. Squeeze failed to chart and quickly fell into obscurity after its release. Critics generally dismiss the record as "a Velvet Underground album in name only".

Squeeze (The X-Files)

"Squeeze" is the third episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on September 24, 1993. "Squeeze" was written by Glen Morgan and James Wong and directed by Harry Longstreet, with Michael Katleman directing additional footage. The episode featured the first of two guest appearances by Doug Hutchison as the mutant serial killer Eugene Victor Tooms, a role he would reprise in " Tooms". "Squeeze" is the first "monster-of-the-week" episode of The X-Files, a stand-alone plot which is unconnected to the series' overarching mythology.

The show's main characters are FBI special agents Fox Mulder ( David Duchovny) and Dana Scully ( Gillian Anderson), who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, Mulder and Scully investigate a series of ritualistic killings by somebody seemingly capable of squeezing his body through impossibly narrow gaps. The agents deduce that their suspect may be a genetic mutant who has been killing in sprees for ninety years.

Production of "Squeeze" was problematic; creative differences between Longstreet and the crew led to him being replaced as director, while some missing scenes needed to be shot after the initial filming. Because of this turbulence, the completion of the episode relied on post-production techniques. However, "Squeeze" has received positive reviews from critics, mostly focusing on Hutchison's performance and the resonance of his character. The episode has subsequently been described by The Star as "the episode that really sold The X-Files idea to the masses". Academics have examined "Squeeze" for its portrayal of the politics of law enforcement, highlighting the tension—evident throughout the series—between the agents' desire to find the truth and their duty to secure criminal convictions.

Usage examples of "squeeze".

His hands were huge, and though they appeared to have the strength to squeeze a cannonball in two, they were amazingly gentle, and the slim clay pipe seemed like a fragile bird between them.

Mistress Anan gave the Red sister a frosty look and squeezed between the two Aes Sedai muttering something that made both of them eye her curiously.

And what a marvellous present, he added, giving her an appreciatory squeeze.

An artsy sax player sporting a little silver goatee squeezed his eyes shut in ecstasy, leaning into his spotlight serenade.

As the ship approached the balk line, sudden new tasks were discovered, squeezed from the vacuum like so many pips from an orange.

Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of low-fat or nonfat balsamic dressing, or 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil with a squeeze of lemon.

Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of low-fat or nonfat balsamic dressing or 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil with a squeeze of lemon.

He sprawled across a blanketless canvas cot and squeezed his eyes shut, waiting for the surcease of the silent dark.

The plants of rigidness, answered question and squeeze, Revealing wherefore it bloomed, uninviting, bent, Yet making harmony breathe of life and disease, The deeper chord of a wonderful instrument.

There, squeezed in among elections, bounties, union warnings, draft notices, tax bulletins, was the brief blurb on Claron.

A well-worn path took them along a branching tube, past two shafts that plunged into darkness, three stone pillars with rubble heaped to one side, and four branches forking off the main corridor whose ceilings curved so low he could never have hoped to squeeze through them.

Jeannie Swanson, sitting next to Bridie, squeezed her arm while the rest of the table, including Mrs Kilbride, remained silent.

Suddenly the young otter was crushing and pushing, lashing out as he climbed over heads, squeezing and scraping past other creatures, bashing out with all paws and his rud derlike tail as he battled towards Brome at the blocked exit.

They come here from Rome and the suburbs called Italy, they pinch and squeeze and extort, and then they go home again with purses bulging, indifferent to the plight of those they leave behind, the people of Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian Asia.

Or will weall squeezed down to hyperons at leasttunnel out into a new and different universe?