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squeeze out (of something)
1. To press something firmly to extract something from it, such as a liquid. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squeeze" and "out." Well, good luck—you're going to have to sit on this tube of toothpaste if you want to squeeze any more out of it! Can you squeeze out any more ketchup, or is it empty?
2. To force or push someone out of a particular place or role. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squeeze" and "out." Good luck squeezing me out of this job, honey—I've been here 35 years and am a personal friend of the CEO.
3. To obtain something, especially information, from someone by applying physical or psychological pressure to them. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squeeze" and "out." The police tried to squeeze a confession out of the suspect, but she was adamant that she was innocent. The henchman had the spy tied up to the chair, squeezing information out of him with every torture technique he could use.
4. To exit some cramped or crowded place or thing by contorting one's body so as to slip past other people or through an opening. There were so many people in the room that I eventually had to squeeze out and get some fresh air. Mary's car is so small that I have to hunch over in the front seat with my knees up around my ears, and then I have to squeeze out of it again when we arrive.
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1. To extract something by or as if by applying pressure: I cut open a lemon and squeezed out the juice. The detective squeezed a confession out of the suspect.
2. To force out or displace someone or something by gaining better access to a limited resource: The larger puppies squeezed out the smallest as they competed for the mother's milk. The town center was once populated with local artists, but large retail stores have since squeezed them out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.