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English noun: squeeze

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

SamplesHe gave her cheek a playful squeeze.


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.


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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