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English noun: squeeze

1. squeeze (act) the act of gripping and pressing firmly


SamplesHe gave her cheek a playful squeeze.


Synonymssqueezing


Broader (hypernym)compressing, compression


Narrower (hyponym)expression, expulsion, extrusion, pinch, tweak

2. squeeze (state) a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high


Synonymscredit crunch, liquidity crisis


Broader (hypernym)financial condition

3. squeeze (possession) a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer


SamplesIncreased expenses put a squeeze on profits.


Broader (hypernym)loss, red, red ink

4. squeeze (person) (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend


SamplesShe was his main squeeze.


Broader (hypernym)lover


Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

5. squeeze (event) a twisting squeeze


SamplesGave the wet cloth a wring.


Synonymswring


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

6. squeeze (act) an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power


SamplesShe laughed at this sexual power play and walked away.


Synonymspower play, squeeze play


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

7. squeeze (act) a tight or amorous embrace


SamplesCome here and give me a big hug.


Synonymsclinch, hug


Broader (hypernym)embrace, embracement, embracing

8. squeeze (act) the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space


SamplesGetting through that small opening was a tight squeeze.


Broader (hypernym)constriction


English verb: squeeze

1. squeeze (contact) to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition


SamplesCrush an aluminum can.
Squeeze a lemon.


Synonymscrush, mash, squash, squelch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)press


Narrower (hyponym)stamp, steamroller, telescope, tread, wring

2. squeeze (contact) press firmly


SamplesHe squeezed my hand.


ExamplesSam cannot squeeze Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)press


Narrower (hyponym)clench

3. squeeze (contact) squeeze like a wedge into a tight space


SamplesI squeezed myself into the corner.


Synonymsforce, wedge


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)compact, compress, impact, pack together

4. squeeze (social) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :


SamplesShe forced him to take a job in the city.
He squeezed her for information.


Synonymscoerce, force, hale, pressure


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige


Narrower (hyponym)bludgeon, bring oneself, dragoon, drive, railroad, sandbag, squeeze for, steamroll, steamroller, terrorise, terrorize, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure


Causeact, move

5. squeeze (possession) obtain by coercion or intimidation


SamplesThey 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.


Synonymsextort, gouge, rack, wring


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge


Narrower (hyponym)bleed

6. squeeze (motion) press or force


SamplesStuff money into an envelope.
She thrust the letter into his hand.


ExamplesThey squeeze the books into the box


Synonymsshove, stuff, thrust


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)force, push

7. squeeze (contact) squeeze tightly between the fingers


SamplesHe pinched her behind.
She squeezed the bottle.


Synonymsnip, pinch, tweet, twinge, twitch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)grip


Narrower (hyponym)goose, tweak

8. squeeze (contact) squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness


SamplesHug me, please.
They embraced.
He hugged her close to him.


Synonymsbosom, embrace, hug


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)clasp


Narrower (hyponym)clinch, cuddle, interlock, lock

9. squeeze (contact) squeeze or press together


SamplesShe compressed her lips.
The spasm contracted the muscle.


Synonymscompact, compress, constrict, contract, press


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)tighten


Narrower (hyponym)astringe, bear down, choke, choke, choke, convulse, convulse, fret, gag, overbear, prim, scrag, strangle, strangulate









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