a tight squeeze

tight squeeze

1. A very small, cramped area for someone or something to fit into. The plane's seat was a tight squeeze, but for such a low airfare it was a pretty minor complaint. It was a tight squeeze, but we managed to get the sofa through the door and up the stairs.
2. A very narrow window of time in which to accomplish something. I'll be a tight squeeze, but we should make it to the airport with just enough time to make our flight. Due to the nature of our work, we're used to tight squeezes when it comes to deadlines.
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a tight squeeze

If something is a tight squeeze, there is very little room for the people or things in a place. Six people can fit comfortably around this table. Seven is a tight squeeze. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable, although the bathrooms are a tight squeeze.
See also: squeeze, tight

a ˌtight ˈsqueeze

a situation where you do not have much space to put things in: We managed to get all the luggage in the car but it was a tight squeeze.
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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.
It's a tight squeeze - all because one of these wallabies is an imposter.
And it was a tight squeeze for the skipper - the huge vessel is 377 yards long and 44 yards wide.
Previous Batmen Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney had no problems fitting into theirs, but for muscle-bound Christian, from Haverfordwest, the prequel Batman Begins is proving a tight squeeze.
There will certainly be some buildings where that will put a tight squeeze on things."
The outlook for the office market in 2001 will be a tight squeeze, but will still bode well for investors, says a new research report released by international property consultants, King Sturge.
"It was a tight squeeze to get the strip in place," CMM operator Steve Carbary recalls.
Shafts measure about two feet wide, offering adults a tight squeeze, she notes.