squeeze up(redirected from squeezing up)
1. Of two or more people or animals, to huddle or crowd very close to one another. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "squeeze" and "up." My car's pretty small, so you'll all have to squeeze up in the back seat. The family of rabbits squeezed themselves up in the small burrow to avoid the predator.
2. To press two or more people or things firmly or compactly together. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "squeeze" and "up." They just squeezed 30 of us up in the small room and told us to await further instructions. I squeezed up the two lumps of clay so I could make a larger sculpture.
3. To crush, crumple, or mash something into a deformed or broken mass. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "squeeze" and "up." He squeezed up the newspaper into a ball and threw it aside in disgust. Hey, let go of my diorama—you're squeezing it up!
squeeze (themselves) up
[for people] to press themselves closely together. Everyone squeezed themselves up in the tiny car so there would be room for one more. Let's squeeze up so Jamie can sit down. They squeezed themselves up so they would take less space.
squeeze someone or something up
to press people or things close together. The usher tried to squeeze us up so she could seat more people. Don't squeeze up the cars too tight in the parking area.