From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsqueezesqueeze1 /skwiːz/ ●●● S3 verb 1 press [transitive]PRESS to press something firmly together with your fingers or hand She smiled as he squeezed her hand. He squeezed the trigger, but nothing happened.2 press out liquid [transitive]GET to get liquid from something by pressing it Squeeze the oranges.squeeze something out Try to squeeze a bit more out.squeeze something on/onto something Squeeze a bit of lemon juice onto the fish.3 small space [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]FIT/BE THE RIGHT SIZE to try to make something fit into a space that is too small, or to try to get into such a space syn squashsqueeze into Five of us squeezed into the back seat.squeeze through/past He had squeezed through a gap in the fence.squeeze somebody/something in We could probably squeeze in a few more people.4 → squeeze your eyes shut5 just succeed [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]JUST/ALMOST NOT to succeed, win, or pass a test by a very small amount so that you only just avoid failure Greece just squeezed through into the next round.6 limit money [transitive]PEBFLIMIT to strictly limit the amount of money that is available to a company or organization The government is squeezing the railways’ investment budget. → squeeze somebody/something ↔ in → squeeze something ↔ out → squeeze up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpussqueeze• Earnings growth is also being squeezed.• I don't think I can squeeze any more files into this drawer.• I can't squeeze any more tomato paste out of this tube.• The humans and their needs had to be squeezed in when time and space permitted.• The bus was already full but someone opened the doors and another passenger squeezed in.• Research showed the region had many recreational activities squeezed into a compact area, said Herder.• The tunnel was so narrow that only one person at a time could squeeze into it.• a horrible doll that cried when you squeezed it• Alice squeezed my arm affectionately, and said goodbye.• Cathy gently squeezed my hand.• I start the day with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.• Cuts in federal funding are squeezing public housing agencies.• Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a jug.• I squeezed the toothpaste tube, but nothing came out.• I cocked the old gun and squeezed the trigger, and it just went forward too slowly to fire a round.• Alice squeezed the wet sponge.• They pushed and squeezed their way out of the jute field.• I squeezed through a hole in the hedge into the garden.• Bring all four edges to the top to form a little parcel and squeeze to secure. 4.• She turned around and scampered back across the footpath to the gate, squeezed under and crept to the dish.• It's no use trying to squeeze yourself into clothes that are too small for you.squeeze something out• Squeeze excess juices out of the spinach and stir it into the cheese mixture.squeeze through/past• Some one had obviously picked them, and squeezed through.• The police jeep and Boynes' vehicle were barely able to squeeze past.• The tube is too narrow even for the nucleus, which only just squeezes through.• Twenty years ago this road was overgrowing with alders, but you could still squeeze through.• And even more amazing that he can still squeeze through chimneys and central heating air vents in tower blocks.• He went back into the garden and squeezed through the bushes at the side of the boathouse.• The fear of traveling solo was softened after landing at Heathrow and squeezing through the crowds to catch an Airbus headed downtown.• She used to squeeze through the fence and bring me her bones.