To apply pressure to from two or more sides at once
- I squeezed the ball between my hands.
* 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
- 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?
, date=December 29
, author=Sam Sheringham
, title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton
, passage=It was an omen of things to come as in the 56th minute the visitors took the lead after a mix-up between Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos allowed Ebanks-Blake's through-ball to squeeze
* 1908 ,
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.
* 2013 May 23, , "
- I'm being squeezed between my job and my volunteer work.
British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
(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
(etyl) , whence also (m), (m), via Ancient Greek.
To let loose, to free from restraints.
* Bible, Matthew xxi. 2
To unfasten, to loosen.
To make less tight, to loosen.
Of a grip or hold, to let go.
(archery) to shoot (an arrow)
(obsolete) To set sail.
* 1611 :
- Ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them unto me.
(obsolete) To solve; to interpret.
- Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.
* (let loose) free, release
* (unfasten) loosen, unbind, undo, unfasten, untie
* (make less tight) loosen, relax, slacken
* (of grip or hold) let go, release
* (archery) fire, shoot
* (let loose) bind, constrain
* (unfasten) bind, fasten, tie
* (make less tight) tighten
* (of grip or hold) tighten
* (archery) fast
Not fixed in place tightly or firmly.
Not held or packaged together.
- This wheelbarrow has a loose wheel.
Not under control.
- You can buy apples in a pack, but they are cheaper loose .
- The dog is loose again.
Not fitting closely
- Now I stand / Loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thoughts?
- I wear loose clothes when it is hot.
- It is difficult walking on loose gravel.
- a cloth of loose texture
- with horse and chariots ranked in loose array
Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate.
- She danced with a loose flowing movement.
- a loose way of reasoning
- The comparison employed must be considered rather as a loose analogy than as an exact scientific explanation.
(dated) Free from moral restraint; immoral, unchaste.
* 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I:
- Loose talk costs lives.
- In all these he was much and deeply read; / But not a page of any thing that's loose , / Or hints continuation of the species, / Was ever suffer'd, lest he should grow vicious.
* Sir Walter Scott
- loose ladies in delight
(not comparable, sports) Not being in the possession of any competing team during a game.
- the loose morality which he had learned
- He caught an elbow going after a loose ball.
- The puck was momentarily loose right in front of the net.
, date=September 28
, author=Tom Rostance
, title=Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Tomas Rosicky released the left-back with a fine pass but his low cross was cut out by Ivan Marcano. However the Brazilian was able to collect the loose
ball, cut inside and roll a right-footed effort past Franco Costanzo at his near post.}}
(dated) Not costive; having lax bowels.
- (John Locke)
* (not fixed in place tightly or firmly)
* (not held or packaged together) separate, unpackaged
* (not bound or tethered or leashed) free, untethered
* (not fitting closely) baggy
* (not compact)
* (relaxed) loose-limbed, relaxed
* (indiscreet) indiscreet
* (promiscuous) polygamous, promiscuous, slutty, tarty, whorish
* (not fixed in place tightly or firmly)
* (not held or packaged together) packaged
* (not bound or tethered or leashed) bound, leashed, tethered, tied, tied up
* (not fitting closely) close-fitting, snug, tight
* (not compact) compact, firm
* (relaxed) tense, tensed
* (indiscreet) discreet
* (promiscuous) faithful, monogamous
* break loose
* cast loose
* cut loose
* hang loose
* let loose
* loose coupling
* loose lip
* on the loose
* stay loose
* turn loose
(archery) The release of an arrow.
(obsolete) A state of laxity or indulgence; unrestrained freedom, abandonment.
* 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
Freedom from restraint.
- The defeat will leave manager Martin Johnson under pressure after his gamble of pairing Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood at 10 and 12 failed to ignite the England back line, while his forwards were repeatedly second best at the set-piece and in the loose .
A letting go; discharge.
- Vent all its griefs, and give a loose to sorrow.
- (Ben Jonson)
* give a loose
(archery) begin shooting; release your arrows
- I'm going to loose this game.