squeeze
noun.
the act of gripping and pressing firmly
he gave her cheek a playful squeeze
Synonym: squeezing
noun.
a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high
noun.
a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer
increased expenses put a squeeze on profits
noun.
(slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend
she was his main squeeze
noun.
a twisting squeeze
gave the wet cloth a wring
Synonym: wring
noun.
an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away
noun.
a tight or amorous embrace
come here and give me a big hug
Synonym: clinch, hug
noun.
the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space
getting through that small opening was a tight squeeze
verb.
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
crush an aluminum can|squeeze a lemon
Synonym: crush, mash, squash, squelch
verb.
press firmly
He squeezed my hand
verb.
squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
I squeezed myself into the corner
Synonym: force, wedge
verb.
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
She forced him to take a job in the city|He squeezed her for information
verb.
obtain by coercion or intimidation
They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss|They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him
Synonym: extort, gouge, rack, wring
verb.
press or force
Stuff money into an envelope|She thrust the letter into his hand
Synonym: thrust, stuff, shove
verb.
squeeze tightly between the fingers
He pinched her behind|She squeezed the bottle
Synonym: twitch, twinge, tweet, pinch, nip
verb.
hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
Hug me, please|They embraced|He hugged her close to him
Synonym: bosom, embrace, hug
verb.
squeeze or press together
she compressed her lips|the spasm contracted the muscle