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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 difficulty caused by too little time or space, or too little credit or funds. For example, It will be a tight squeeze to get there on time, or I don't know if the sofa will go through the door; it's a tight squeeze , or The company's in a tight squeeze because of poor cash flow. This idiom uses tight in the sense of "too narrow or constricted." [c. 1900]
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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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
a ˌtight ˈsqueezea 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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