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squeeze

1. Chiefly Brit a condition of restricted credit imposed by a government to counteract price inflation
2. Commerce any action taken by a trader or traders on a market that forces buyers to make purchases and prices to rise
3. Bridge whist a manoeuvre that forces opponents to discard potentially winning cards
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squeeze

[skwēz]
(engineering)
To inject a grout into a borehole under high pressure.
The plastic movement of a soft rock in the walls of a borehole or mine working that reduced the diameter of the opening.
(mining engineering)
The settling, without breaking, of the roof over a considerable area of working. Also known as creep; nip; pinch.
The gradual upheaval of the floor of a mine due to the weight of the overlying strata.
The sections in coal seams that have become constricted by the squeezing in of the overlying or underlying rock.
(physics)
Increasing external pressure upon the ears and sinuses in diving.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"The value of land sales has also dropped dramatically, again reflecting the credit squeeze and the general lack of commercial confidence."
United KingdomThe British measure will allow aid of up to 500,000 per company, in 2009 and 2010, for businesses in difficulty due to the crisis or facing funding problems because of the credit squeeze. The scheme applies only to businesses which were not in difficulty on 1 July 2008.
In the last survey, the impact from the credit squeeze was still contained largely to the financial services sector.
The credit squeeze would have affected all businesses and individuals and it may have taken years for economies to recover.
credit squeeze would impact the rest of the world, they said the question wasn't if there would be an effect but where and how much.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average also plunged Friday to a 3-month low on renewed fears about a credit squeeze.
LONDON: The credit squeeze on households and businesses looks set to intensify as lenders grow increasingly nervous over the economic outlook, a survey by the Bank of England showed yesterday.
This, combined with the global credit squeeze and rising interest rates, is emptying wallets and driving down the demand for agricultural products from Africa.
pounds HE credit squeeze has not affected affairs of the heart in some cases.
A recent Boston Globe headline read, "Qualified borrowers face credit squeeze" indicating that low rates remain elusive despite drastic Fed action.
But both lenders and their regulators have sharpened their focus on credit quality, and as a result, the building industry will have to deal with a credit squeeze of some degree this year.
-- will implement a newly unveiled economic stimulus package that includes measures aimed at stabilizing the financial system and easing the credit squeeze. -- will promote projects involving many ministries, including those related to telecommunications, under a special entity under the prime minister.

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