from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which squeezes.
  • noun plural A kind of playing-cards in which the facevalue of each card is shown in the upper left-hand corner, and can readily be seen by squeezing the cards slightly apart, without displaying the hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, squeezes.
  • noun A machine like a large pair of pliers, for shingling, or squeezing, the balls of metal when puddled; -- used only in the plural.
  • noun A machine of several forms for the same purpose; -- used in the singular.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something designed to squeeze something
  • noun A piece of foundry apparatus for shaping a ball of puddled iron
  • noun A playing card that has its value shown in a corner such that a closely arranged hand may be studied (originally designed for poker but now standard)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a kitchen utensil for squeezing juice from fruit


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  • The squeezer can be used combined with the pitcher, in which the citrus fruit can be thoroughly squeezed; and then the juice can be served immediately or it can be kept in the pitcher until breakfast time, for this the squeezer is placed upside down and the pitcher is covered with its lid.

    Boing Boing 2007

  • Reaching under the kitchen counter, I bring up the electric juicer (some argue that an old-fashioned long-handled squeezer is best, but I like the way mine reverses itself under my hand as I push down, to get every last glorious drop).

    Letters from Mexico -norange, anyone? 2000

  • But this is not the case with mean old Ebenezer Scrooge, whose first name chimes with "squeezer" as well as with "geezer," whose last name is a combination of "screw" and "gouge," and whose author disapproves mightily of his ways:

    Debtor's Prism Margaret Atwood 2008

  • He'd decided to take it upon himself to dub the thing, his "squeezer," for obvious reasons.

    Langley out and about impetuousme 2004

  • The meat is cut into pieces and heated slightly; then by means of a lemon "squeezer" or a meat press the juice is extracted.

    School and Home Cooking Carlotta Cherryholmes Greer

  • The "squeezer" which combines the functions of hammer and anvil did the work instead.

    The Iron Puddler Davis, James J 1922

  • The embarrassing email describes Mr Schoorman as a "squeezer" who has "grounds for mental impairment". | Top Stories 2010

  • The embarrassing email describes Mr Schoorman as a "squeezer" who has "grounds for mental impairment". | Top Stories 2010

  • The embarrassing email describes Mr Schoorman as a "squeezer" who has "grounds for mental impairment". | Top Stories 2010

  • She has a stress squeezer in the shape of the Capitol dome, even a family of giant stuffed white tigers sent from Las Vegas by Siegfried and Roy.

    Gabrielle Giffords making steady recovery progress 2011


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  • noose

    March 13, 2007

  • My favorite definition in the OED (and there are several!) is this one: "Usu. pl. A playing-card which has its value indicated in one or two corners, so that a player may ascertain his hand while holding the cards closely arranged." Last usage given is 1930--presumably because almost all playing cards today are squeezers?

    August 27, 2008

  • The term squeeze is still used in poker today to describe slowly looking at a hole card. From this there is a variety of other metaphorical usages which have arose.

    August 27, 2008