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1. To manage to pass or move by someone or something with great difficulty due to a lack of space. I had to squeeze by these two very large gentlemen in order to get off the train. I wasn't sure I had enough room to get the car through the opening, but I managed to squeeze by.
2. To manage accomplish something by very narrowly overcoming some difficulty. I thought for sure I had failed the exam, but I managed to squeeze by with a D. Their championship dreams looked to be dashed, but a last-minute field goal saw the Raiders squeeze by and nab a spot at the Super Bowl.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
squeeze by (someone or something)
to manage just to press oneself past someone or something. The hall was crowded and I had to squeeze by a number of rotund gentlemen. I squeezed by the crowd and ran on to my appointment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To force one's way past someone or something: I had to squeeze by the flight attendant to get to the bathroom. The vote on this bill will be close, but I think we can squeeze it by.
2. To succeed just barely in passing an obstacle, such as a competition or evaluation: The student squeezed by with a D minus.
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