put the squeeze on something

put the squeeze on something
put the squeeze on (someone/something) 1. to try to influence a person or organization to make them act in the way you want.

Human rights activists hope the US president will put the squeeze on the island's rulers.

2. to cause problems for someone, especially by making it difficult for them to achieve something.

The recession has put the squeeze on many small businesses.


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  • put the squeeze on someone — put the squeeze on (someone/something) 1. to try to influence a person or organization to make them act in the way you want. Human rights activists hope the US president will put the squeeze on the island s rulers. 2. to cause problems for… …   New idioms dictionary

  • put the squeeze on — (someone/something) 1. to try to influence a person or organization to make them act in the way you want. Human rights activists hope the US president will put the squeeze on the island s rulers. 2. to cause problems for someone, especially by… …   New idioms dictionary

  • put the squeeze on somebody (to do something) — put the ˈsqueeze on sb (to do sth) idiom (informal) to put pressure on sb to act in a particular way; to make a situation difficult for sb • You come straight to me if she tries to put the squeeze on you. • Increased competition is really putting …   Useful english dictionary

  • put the squeeze on —    If you put the squeeze on someone, you put pressure on them to force them to do something.     Bob was reluctant to work with Ben until the boss put the squeeze on him …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • put the screws on someone — AND put the heat on someone; put the squeeze on someone tv. to pressure someone; to threaten someone to achieve something. □ He told everything about the plan when they put the screws on him. □ The cops put the squeeze on Harry, and he spilled… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • squeeze — [skwēz] vt. squeezed, squeezing [intens. of ME queisen < OE cwysan, to squeeze, dash against, bruise, akin to Goth quistjan, to destroy < IE base * gweye , to overpower > Sans jināti, (he) conquers] 1. to press hard or closely; exert… …   English World dictionary

  • squeeze — ► VERB 1) firmly press from opposite or all sides. 2) extract (liquid or a soft substance) from something by squeezing. 3) (squeeze in/into/through) manage to get into or through (a restricted space). 4) (squeeze in) manage to find time for. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

  • squeeze — c.1600, probably an alteration of quease (c.1550), from O.E. cwysan to squeeze, of unknown origin, perhaps imitative (Cf. Ger. quetschen to squeeze ). Slang expression to put the squeeze on (someone or something) exert influence is from 1711.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • squeeze — squeeze1 [skwi:z] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(press)¦ 2¦(press out liquid)¦ 3¦(small space)¦ 4 squeeze your eyes shut 5¦(just succeed)¦ 6¦(limit money)¦ Phrasal verbs  squeeze somebody/something<=>in  squeeze something<=>out  squeeze up ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • squeeze — 1 verb 1 (T) to press something firmly inwards: Alice squeezed his arm affectionately. | Must you squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle? 2 (T) to get liquid from something by pressing it: squeeze sth out: Try to squeeze a bit more out of the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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