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SQUEEZE, verb transitive

1. To press between two bodies; to press closely; as, to squeeze an orange the fingers or with an instrument; to squeeze the hand in friendship.

2. To oppress with hardships, burdens and taxes; to harass; to crush.

In a civil war, people must expect to be squeezed with the burden.

3. To hug; to embrace closely.

4. To force between close bodies; to compel or cause to pass; as, to squeeze water through felt.

To squeeze out, to force out by pressure, as a liquid.

SQUEEZE, verb intransitive

1. To press; to urge ones way; to pass by pressing; as, to squeeze hard to get through a crowd.

2. To crowd.

To squeeze through, to pass through by pressing and urging forward.


1. Pressure; compression between bodies.

2. A close hug or embrace.