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?
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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
(obsolete) A trick or artifice.
* c. 1210 , MS. Cotton Caligula A IX f.246
(obsolete) Deceit; guile; treachery.
A movement that twists or pulls violently; a tug.
* 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
- Mon mai longe liues wene; / Ac ofte him liedh the wrench .
An injury caused by a violent twisting or pulling of a limb; strain, sprain.
(obsolete) A turn at an acute angle.
(archaic) A winch or windlass.
(obsolete) A screw.
A distorting change from the original meaning.
(US) A hand tool for making rotational adjustments, such as fitting nuts and bolts, or fitting pipes; a spanner.
A violent emotional change caused by separation.
(physics) In screw theory, a screw assembled from force and torque vectors arising from application of Newton's laws to a rigid body.
(obsolete) means; contrivance
- With a wrench , which threw his victim back upon the bed as though hurled from a height, he turned and sprang at us.
- (Francis Bacon)
* (tool) spanner (UK, Australia)
* adjustable wrench
* socket wrench
* monkey-wrench, monkey wrench, monkeywrench
* pipe wrench
* screw wrench
* torque wrench
* torsion wrench
* tube wrench
* dog bone wrench
(obsolete) To violently move in a turn or writhe.
To pull or twist violently.
(obsolete) To turn aside or deflect.
(obsolete) To slander.
(obsolete) To tighten with or as if with a winch.
To injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting.
- With a surge of adrenaline, she wrenched the car door off and pulled out the injured man.
To distort from the original meaning.
(obsolete) To thrust a weapon in a twisting motion.
(intransitive, fencing, obsolete) To disarm an opponent by whirling his or her blade away.
To rack with pain.
To deprive by means of a violent pull or twist.
To use the tool known as a wrench.
- Be careful not to wrench your ankle walking along those loose stones!
- The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.