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noun squeeze pronunciation in British English /skwiːz/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the action of squeezing something
    He gave her shoulder a comforting squeeze.
    1. a.
  2. 2
    [singular] a situation in which a lot of people or things are squeezed into a space
    It was a squeeze to get everyone into the car.
  3. 3
    [singular] economics a situation in which there is strict control over money or goods
    a squeeze on costs/profits/wages
    put a/the squeeze on someone/something: The government’s putting the squeeze on business profits.
    feel the squeeze: The economy is said to be improving, but many of us are still feeling the squeeze.
  4. 4
    [countable] mainly American informal old-fashioned a boyfriend, or a girlfriend


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