To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once
- I squeezed the ball between my hands.
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- Please don't squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle.
(ambitransitive) To fit into a tight place
- "Over there—by the rock," Steele muttered, with his brush between his teeth, squeezing out raw sienna, and keeping his eyes fixed on Betty Flanders's back.
- I managed to squeeze the car into that parking space.
- Can you squeeze through that gap?
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To remove something with difficulty, or apparent difficulty
- Could he not squeeze under the seat of a carriage? He had seen this method adopted by schoolboys, when the journey- money provided by thoughtful parents had been diverted to other and better ends.
To put in a difficult position by presenting two or more choices
- He squeezed some money out of his wallet.
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- I'm being squeezed between my job and my volunteer work.
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(figurative) To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass.
- At a time when Mr. Cameron is being squeezed from both sides — from the right by members of his own party and by the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe U.K. Independence Party, and from the left by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners — the move seemed uncharacteristically clunky.
(baseball) To attempt to score a runner from third by bunting
- In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden.
- Jones squeezed in Smith with a perfect bunt.
(terms derived from the verb "squeeze")
* squeeze in
* squeeze out
A difficult position
A traversal of a narrow passage
- I'm in a tight squeeze right now when it comes to my free time.
A hug or other affectionate grasp
- It was a tight squeeze , but I got through to the next section of the cave.
(slang) A romantic partner
- a gentle squeeze on the arm
(baseball) The act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third
- I want to be your main squeeze
(epigraphy) An impression of an inscription formed by pressing wet paper onto the surface and peeling off when dry.
- The game ended in exciting fashion with a failed squeeze .
(card games) A play that forces an opponent to discard a card that gives up one or more tricks.
(archaic) A bribe or fee paid to a middleman, especially in China.
- The light not being good enough for photography, I took a squeeze of the stone.
* margin squeeze
(see usage notes below
To reduce to smaller pieces by crushing with lateral motion.
To shape with the force of friction.
- grind a lens
(metalworking) To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.
To become ground, pulverized, or polished by friction.
- grind an axe
- This corn grinds well.
To move with much difficulty or friction; to grate.
(sports) To slide the flat portion of a skateboard or snowboard across an obstacle such as a railing.
To oppress, hold down or weaken.
(slang) To rotate the hips erotically.
(slang) To dance in a sexually suggestive way with both partners in very close proximity, often pressed against each other.
(video games) To repeat a task in order to gain levels or items.
To produce mechanically and repetitively as if by turning a crank.
To instill through repetitive teaching.
- Steel grinds to a sharp edge.
(slang, Hawaii) To eat.
- Grinding lessons into students' heads does not motivate them to learn.
(slang) To work or study hard; to hustle or drudge.
- Eh, brah, let's go grind .
* In the sports and video game senses, the past participle and past tense form grinded is often used instead of the irregular form ground.
* Historically, there also existed a past participle form grounden, but it is now archaic or obsolete.
* When used to denote sexually suggestive dancing between two partners, the past participle and past tense form grinded is almost always used.
* bump and grind
* have an axe to grind
The act of reducing to powder, or of sharpening, by friction.
A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.
A tedious task.
- This bag contains espresso grind .
A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.
(archaic, slang) One who studies hard; a swot.
(subgenre of heavy metal)
- This homework is a grind .