Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(it was a) tight squeeze

it was a tight squeezea tight squeeze
Meaning(s)
1) a narrow window of time in which to accomplish something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • it was a tight squeeze, but I made it on time
  • Analysis
    If you say something was 'a tight squeeze' it means you had difficulting doing something because of a lack of time or insufficient space. If something was 'a tight squeeze. It might mean that you had just enough time to do something or were at risk of being late or missing a deadline. People using elevators with lots of people in them or using public transport (such as the underground) which is very full might say 'it was a tight squeeze' if they managed to fit in or on a very full bus, tram or metro. Usually, this expression is used when the outcome was positive in the end or when the person using the expression managed to succeed in their task. This expression is more likely to be used in casual contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It was a really tight squeeze, but luckily we made it to the airport just in time!
    2. We just about fit all of the shopping in the car but it was a tight squeeze.
    3. It was a tight squeeze on the bus on the way home. The metro line was closed and the bus was overcrowded.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I think I'll be able to finish my part of the project before the deadline, but it is going to be a tight squeeze!
    2. In my line of work, I'm always having to meet very high levels of demand, so I'm well used to tight squeezes when it comes to getting orders ready.
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