the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space; "getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze" the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze" a twisting squeeze; "gave the wet cloth a wring" (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend; "she was his main squeeze" a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer; "increased expenses put a squeeze on profits" press firmly; "He squeezed my hand
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"
A long squeeze occurs when supplies of a commodity are not enough to allow delivery of the asset underlying the futures contract A short squeeze is the opposite - here the physical commodity will be delivered, unless the futures contract is closed out
A situation that occurs when the price of a security increases dramatically, thus pressuring short sellers to cover their short positions in order to avoid greater losses The covering of short positions serves to raise the price of the security even more, thus increasing the losses of short sellers who have still not covered their short positions
If you squeeze something out of someone, you persuade them to give it to you, although they may be unwilling to do this. The investigators complained about the difficulties of squeezing information out of residents
If you squeeze a person or thing somewhere or if they squeeze there, they manage to get through or into a small space. They lowered him gradually into the cockpit. Somehow they squeezed him in the tight space, and strapped him in Many break-ins are carried out by youngsters who can squeeze through tiny windows
If you squeeze a liquid or a soft substance out of an object, you get the liquid or substance out by pressing the object. Joe put the plug in the sink and squeezed some detergent over the dishes. freshly squeezed lemon juice
If you squeeze your eyes shut or if your eyes squeeze shut, you close them tightly, usually because you are frightened or to protect your eyes from something such as strong sunlight. Nancy squeezed her eyes shut and prayed If you keep your eyes squeezed shut, you'll miss the show
If a government squeezes the economy, they put strict controls on people's ability to borrow money or on their own departments' freedom to spend money, in order to control the country's rate of inflation. The government will squeeze the economy into a severe recession to force inflation down Squeeze is also a noun. The CBI also says the squeeze is slowing down inflation
If you squeeze something, you press it firmly, usually with your hands. He squeezed her arm reassuringly Dip the bread briefly in water, then squeeze it dry. Squeeze is also a noun. I liked her way of reassuring you with a squeeze of the hand
A pressure imbalance on an air space that is found within the diver's body or equipment Such spaces include the ears, sinuses, mask, stomach and wetsuit The "squeeze" results from a pressure imbalance between these air spaces and the water pressure surrounding the diver
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