|Origin:||quease 'to press, squeeze' (15-17 centuries), from Old English cwysan|
to press something firmly together with your fingers or hand:
She smiled as he squeezed her hand.
He squeezed the trigger, but nothing happened.
to get liquid from something by pressing it:
press out liquid[transitive]
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.
to try to make something fit into a space that is too small, or to try to get into such a space [= squash]
small space[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
Five of us squeezed into the back seat.
He had squeezed through a gap in the fence.
squeeze somebody/something in
We could probably squeeze in a few more people.
to close your eyes very tightly
to succeed, win, or pass a test by a very small amount so that you only just avoid failure:
just succeed[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
Greece just squeezed through into the next round.
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 ↔ inphrasal verb
How do you manage to squeeze so much into one day?
I can squeeze you in at four o'clock.
squeeze something ↔ outphrasal verb
to do something so that someone or something is no longer included or able to continue:
If budgets are cut, vital research may be squeezed out.
to squeeze something wet in order to remove the liquid from it:
Squeeze the cloth out first.
to force someone to tell you something:
See if you can squeeze more information out of them.