squeeze play


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 After Shrewsbury tied the game at three in the fifth, the Tigers answered in the sixth and took the lead on another squeeze play, executed by Melo who, dropped the bunt down the first base line. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "How Taunton baseball found its formula to win its first state championship," 23 June 2019 David Weathers, Loretto High’s pitching coach, called for a squeeze play that ended up costing the team the game. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' first-rounder Ryan Weathers knows all about road ahead," 2 July 2018 Brokenborough reached home plate in the bottom of the sixth on a squeeze play when Lexi Rodriguez put down a bunt for the Panthers. Varsity Staff, OrlandoSentinel.com, "VARSITY TODAY: Eustis softball, hoops drafts, track times, football talk," 13 Apr. 2018 Heath Fillmyer gave up two runs in the top of the eighth inning, and San Diego scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze play against Kevin McCarthy in the ninth inning. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Padres 5, Royals 4: Nathan Karns returns to mound for first time since May | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018 The squeeze play should still be enough for some clouds. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: August-like temperatures will continue into next week," 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of squeeze play

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Squeeze play.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeeze%20play. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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