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.
He was yesterday unveiled at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester - and it was a tight squeeze for the 70ft-long replica.
Snowy the cat gets stuck between shed and fence THIS curious cat got into a tight squeeze after falling eight feet down a tiny gap between a shed and a fence.
Phyllis Welch TOP TREND: Tight squeeze for B&M lorry wedged in Berwick's historic streets.
I miss his soft touch when he stroked my face and I miss his tight squeeze when he cuddled me so hard.
Most of us managed to get on, but it was a tight squeeze and we could not "move along" any more when we were already packed in like sardines.
5km run from Saumur - the longest stage of this year's Tour - caused a tight squeeze in the peloton, and although nobody went down, Cavendish was caught out all the same.
When she did it for real, on stage at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre, it was a tight squeeze but Beth managed fine.
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.
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.