squeeze off

verb
squeezed off; squeezing off; squeezes 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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Examples of squeeze off in a Sentence

the hunter waited for the deer to start feeding, then squeezed off several rounds
Recent Examples on the Web Brad Marchand landed a game-high seven shots on net and squeezed off two more, one that was blocked and one off net . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Trent Frederic," 16 Nov. 2019 The deadliest example occurred in Las Vegas two years ago when a gunman possessed a dozen 100-round magazines that helped him squeeze off 10 rounds per second onto a crowd of concert-goers from his hotel room, killing 58 people. Washington Post, "High-capacity magazines get new scrutiny as Congress returns," 3 Sep. 2019 Bowey prevented a Vegas clearing attempt, then skated toward the slot and squeezed off a shot while getting knocked down by William Carrier. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Anthony Mantha's goal late gives Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over Vegas, and a win streak," 10 Nov. 2019 David Pastrnak squeezed off a game-high 10 shots, five of which made it to the net. BostonGlobe.com, "Hughes became the first Black-and-Gold player this season to play in his first NHL game.," 4 Nov. 2019 The deadliest example occurred in Las Vegas two years ago when a gunman possessed a dozen 100-round magazines that helped him squeeze off 10 rounds per second onto a crowd of concert-goers from his hotel room, killing 58 people. Washington Post, "High-capacity magazines get new scrutiny as Congress returns," 3 Sep. 2019 Otherwise, they’ll be lost in space à la Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and the rest of the crew squeezed off the GOP ship by The Donald four years ago. Lorraine Ali, chicagotribune.com, "Why reality TV has nothing on the Democratic debates," 23 June 2019 Otherwise, they’ll be lost in space à la Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and the rest of the crew squeezed off the GOP ship by The Donald four years ago. Lorraine Ali, chicagotribune.com, "Why reality TV has nothing on the Democratic debates," 23 June 2019 The deadliest example occurred in Las Vegas two years ago when a gunman possessed a dozen 100-round magazines that helped him squeeze off 10 rounds per second onto a crowd of concert-goers from his hotel room, killing 58 people. Washington Post, "High-capacity magazines get new scrutiny as Congress returns," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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7 Jan 2020

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“Squeeze off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeeze%20off. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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