squeeze play

noun

Definition of squeeze play

1 : a baseball play in which a runner on third base starts for home plate as the ball is being pitched and the batter attempts to bunt to give the runner a chance to score
2 : the exertion of pressure in order to extort a concession or gain a goal

Examples of squeeze play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Pioneers went for the squeeze play attempting to go ahead. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 By midday Thursday, the framework agreement was looking less and less like an agreement and more and more like a squeeze play to finally get the deal done. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2021 Hernandez, who had run into an out in an extra-inning loss to Seattle on Thursday and bunted too hard on a squeeze play on Friday, found a way to combine both of those mistakes Monday with his fifth-inning bunt. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 The squeeze play gave the White Sox a two-run lead. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2021 Auden Laurentius singled and scored on an Ethan Shertzer squeeze play and Evan Celuch, who walked, later scored the winning run on Caleb Heymann’s RBI single. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 23 Apr. 2021 After pinch-hitter Richard Sorrenti walked, Bailey executed the squeeze play that allowed Tissue to score with the tying run. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 20 Feb. 2021 Then came the slow-motion squeeze play of glitzification. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 20 Jan. 2021 The Rockies tried a squeeze play with Garrett Hampson, but the pinch hitter couldn’t lay down the bunt and Hilliard was tagged out at home. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, 24 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of squeeze play

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Squeeze play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeeze%20play. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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