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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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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