squeeze play

noun
1.
Baseball.
a.
Also called suicide squeeze, suicide squeeze play. a play executed when there is a runner on third base and usually not more than one out, in which the runner starts for home as soon as the pitcher makes a motion to pitch, and the batter bunts.
b.
Also called safety squeeze, safety squeeze play. a similar play in which the runner on third base waits until the batter has successfully bunted before trying to score.
2.
the application of pressure or influence on a person or group in order to force compliance or gain an advantage.
Also called squeeze.


Origin:
1900–05, Americanism

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squeeze play definition


  1. n.
    a special play in baseball where there is a runner on third base and the batter bunts. (With an early start the runner may reach home plate.) : They pulled off that squeeze play like the professionals they are.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

squeeze play

A situation in which pressure exerted to obtain a concession or achieve a goal, as in Workers sometimes feel caught in a squeeze play between union and management. This expression, dating from about 1900, originated in baseball, where it refers to a prearranged play in which the runner on third base breaks for home plate on the pitch, and the batter bunts. [c. 1915]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Used with or without a blanket, the roll can be used in squeeze play and tactile activities.
Harper found himself in an agonizing squeeze play, so he got on the train and went for a ride.
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