squeeze off


Definition of squeeze off 

transitive verb

: to fire (a round) by squeezing the trigger

intransitive verb

: to fire a weapon by squeezing the trigger

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Synonyms for squeeze off


blast, discharge, fire, loose, shoot

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Examples of squeeze off in a Sentence

the hunter waited for the deer to start feeding, then squeezed off several rounds

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Isco adds some rare excitement at the other end, squeezing off a low shot that Rui Patricio handles with ease. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Spain and Portugal Play a Draw for the Ages, Starring a Player for All Time," 3 Mar. 2018 Instead, the man in the living room whipped out a 40-caliber handgun and started squeezing off rounds, Macey told police. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Shooting reported in NE Portland," 21 Mar. 2018 Expelled from the school over disciplinary problems, Cruz is accused of squeezing off shot after shot from an AR-15 rifle as students took cover under desks, fire alarms blared and teachers barricaded classrooms. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida school shooting suspect due in court Thursday; Trump denounces 'terrible violence, hatred and evil'," 15 Feb. 2018 Judge will win the award unanimously, while teammates Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green get squeezed off my ballot packed with solid choices. SI.com, "AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Judge," 28 Sep. 2017 Standing by the first base dugout, Bailey returned fire with his Glock pistol, squeezing off 10 rounds across the expanse of the field. Peter Hermann, chicagotribune.com, "Gunman who shot Steve Scalise cased baseball field for weeks before opening fire at Congressional practice," 6 Oct. 2017 Standing by the first base dugout, Bailey returned fire with his Glock pistol, squeezing off 10 rounds across the expanse of the field. Peter Hermann, Alaska Dispatch News, "Gunman cased baseball field for weeks before opening fire at congressional practice," 6 Oct. 2017 Officer Shane Mellot, standing beside the passenger door, squeezed off 12 shots. Michael Harriot, The Root, "How 1 of America’s Deadliest Police Forces Gets Away With Shooting and Killing Black People," 11 Sep. 2017 After squeezing off 10 or 12 shots, the man lowered the gun and caught sight of a wildlife officer’s truck in the brush, according to a state wildlife commission report. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Charges are rare at South Florida’s top illegal gun range," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of squeeze off

circa 1949, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of squeeze off was circa 1949

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an inexhaustible supply or amount

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