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tight squeeze

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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  • It'll be a tight squeeze, even allowin' that we ride a good part of the way; but we'll pull through somehow.

    Down the Slope James Otis
  • He gave Jessie's hand a tight squeeze and then kissed his sister.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • Fred saw that it was going to be a tight squeeze and made a slide for the base.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
  • Did the Indians notice that there was going to be a tight squeeze there?

    Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It was rather a tight squeeze to get the three children in the wagon, but it was managed.

  • "And I like you, Jack," replied Hal, giving his hand a tight squeeze.

    The Missing Tin Box Arthur M. Winfield
  • Her hand shook as it clasped Glen's arm with a tight squeeze.

    The Sweep Winner Nat Gould
  • In spite of the enlargement of the entrance we had made, it was still a tight squeeze for us to get in.

    Before Adam Jack London
  • Very likely the family were returning to-day, though to put five people into an ordinary landau would be a tight squeeze.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • It'll be a tight squeeze, but we can all fit into one craft.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell

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