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squeezing    : [skw'izɪŋ]
Squeeze \Squeeze\ (skw[=e]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Squeezed}
(skw[=e]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squeezing}.] [OE. queisen, AS.
cw[=e]san, cw[=y]san, cw[imac]san, of uncertain origin. The
s- was probably prefixed through the influence of squash,
v.t.]
1. To press between two bodies; to press together closely; to
compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice,
moisture, etc.; as, to squeeze an orange with the fingers;
to squeeze the hand in friendship.
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2. Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to
harass; to crush.
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In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and
squeezed toward the burden. --L'Estrange.
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3. To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with
out, through, etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt.
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Syn: To compress; hug; pinch; gripe; crowd.
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Squeezing \Squeez"ing\, n.
1. The act of pressing; compression; oppression.
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2. pl. That which is forced out by pressure; dregs.
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3. Same as {Squeeze}, n., 2.
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squeezing
n 1: the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek
a playful squeeze" [synonym: {squeeze}, {squeezing}]




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