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

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First Known Use of squeeze play

1905


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