put the squeeze on somebody

put the squeeze on (one)

1. To pressure one 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 one. The way house prices have been climbing in this neighborhood is really putting the squeeze on first-time buyers.
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put the ˈsqueeze on somebody (to do something)

(informal) put pressure on somebody to act in a particular way; make a situation difficult for somebody: Rising fuel prices are putting the squeeze on farmers and transport businesses.
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