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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* 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
To pull or twist violently.
To obtain by pulling or violent force.
- He wrested the remote control from my grasp and changed the channel.
(figuratively) To seize.
- Did not she / Of Timna first betray me, and reveal / The secret wrested from me
* 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 12
- They instantly wrested the government out of the hands of Hastings.
(figuratively) To twist, pervert, distort.
* Bible, Exodus xxiii. 6
- There was one of the tribe of Tarzan who questioned his authority, and that was Terkoz, the son of Tublat, but he so feared the keen knife and the deadly arrows of his new lord that he confined the manifestation of his objections to petty disobediences and irritating mannerisms; Tarzan knew, however, that he but waited his opportunity to wrest the kingship from him by some sudden stroke of treachery, and so he was ever on his guard against surprise.
- Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor.
* 1597 , Shakespeare,
- their arts of wresting , corrupting, and false interpreting the holy text
- And, I beseech you,
- Wrest once the law to your authority;
- To do a great right do a little wrong,
To tune with a wrest, or key.
- And curb this cruel devil of his will.
The act of wresting; a wrench or twist; distortion.
(obsolete) Active or motive power.
(music) A key to tune a stringed instrument.
* Sir Walter Scott
A partition in a water wheel by which the form of the buckets is determined.
- The minstrel wore round his neck a silver chain, by which hung the wrest , or key, with which he tuned his harp.