tight squeeze

tight squeeze

A difficulty caused by too little time or space, or too little credit or funds. For example, It will be a tight squeeze to get there on time, or I don't know if the sofa will go through the door; it's a tight squeeze , or The company's in a tight squeeze because of poor cash flow. This idiom uses tight in the sense of "too narrow or constricted." [c. 1900]
See also: squeeze, tight
References in classic literature ?
In spite of the enlargement of the entrance we had made, it was still a tight squeeze for us to get in.
You enter in small boats--and a tight squeeze it is, too.
Ambush cruised into the semi-finals of the David Schofield Cup with a 4-1 flourish at Brownshill Green but it was a tight squeeze for Canley Sports & Social and Connoll Farrell and Stephen Bache eclipsed a Liam Carey goal to swing their 2-1 decision against Whitley Millpool.
e bus then continued to the top of the lane and managed to turn round at the T- junction - a tight squeeze.
It'll be a tight squeeze on the sofa for Graham (above) when he's joined for a chat by some of the soap's most iconic stars including June Brown, Pam St Clement, Adam Woodyatt and Letitia Dean.
40pm) It'll be a tight squeeze on the sofa for Graham (above) when he's joined for a chat by some of the soap's most iconic stars including June Brown, Pam St Clement, Adam Woodyatt and Letitia Dean.
It was built in the 1950s and is popular for its scenic views SUMMIT SPECIAL Ben Vane, part of the Arrochar Alps, is small but perfectly formed as it scrapes in by just two feet TIGHT SQUEEZE This house in Millport on the island of Great Cumbrae holds the world record for its narrow frontage MAKING WAWVAV A ES The entrance to Seacliff Harbour near North Berwick in East Lothian is only two metres wide PINT SIZED The Wee Pub in Edinburgh's Grassmarket claims to be the smallest in the country at 17ft by 14ft.
Pridjian stated While the older rooms were a very, very tight squeeze, the new ones are like a venue for a wedding or Mission Control in Houston.
The UK Government's policy has been to 'make work pay' introducing a tight squeeze on welfare benefits which some have claimed stigmatised the unemployed.
By any standards, living here will prove to be a tight squeeze.
In return she gave her beau a tight squeeze as she continued her gruelling action-packed day of singing and dancing.
4 A TIGHT SQUEEZE Finely dice the vegetables from the stock and add to the meat.
MAGIC: Spanx trims women BEFORE Ben relaxes in his boxers AFTER a tight squeeze as People man tries on 'manx'
John Browett, chief executive of Dixons, said the VAT hike to 20% had added to an already tight squeeze on consumer finances in the UK.
The funnel was slightly damaged as a result of the tight squeeze while, according to Kofinou police, the bridge structure remains intact.