squeeze-play

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

noun
1. an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power; "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away" [syn: power play
2. a baseball play in which a runner on third base tries to score as the batter bunts the pitch 
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