put the squeeze on

put the squeeze on (someone)

1. To pressure someone to do something. We need to put the squeeze on those guys so that they finally pay their debt to us.
2. To create challenges or problems for someone. The way house prices have been climbing in this neighborhood is really putting the squeeze on first-time buyers.
See also: on, put, squeeze

put the squeeze on someone

 
1. Inf. to attempt to get money out of someone. The mob put the squeeze on all the merchants, threatening to break their windows if they didn't pay. Are you trying to put the squeeze on me for more money?
2. Go to put the heat on (someone).
See also: on, put, squeeze