a fierce, rib-crushing form of the hug. usually brief out of necessity for the other party to breathe. it is customary for the recipient of such a hug to reply with an "errrrrrrrg" (or some other such noise which roughly translates to "ooh, my internal organs have never been closer!").

The X-files

Episode: 1X02
First aired: 9/24/93
Written by: Glen Morgan and James Wong
Directed by: Harry Longstreet

Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders that have happened under weird circumstances. In each of the cases, no evidence of a break in is seen in the victims' houses.
They arrest Eugene Victor Tooms, an animal control officer, but he is let go for lack of evidence. Mulder matches Tooms' fingerprints with the stretched fingerprints found in one of the victims' home.

Mulder and Scully locate where Tooms lives to find a type of nest made up of newspaper and bile.
Scully returns home to be attacked by Tooms but Mulder rushes in and restrains him.

Tooms is seen in a maximum security prison making a new nest out of paper. He looks at the small whole in the door where the food trade is put and smiles.

Important quotes:
Scully to Mulder about Tooms' nest -- "Oh my God, Mulder, it's smells like, I think it's bile."
Mulder to Scully after he touched the nest -- "Is there any way I can get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?

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Band formed in Deptford, London, UK in the mid 70s by Chris Difford (rhythm guitar, vocals, lyrics) , Glenn Tilbrook (lead guitar, vocals, music), Jools Holland (keyboards), Harry Kakouli (bass) and Gilson Lavis (drums).

Tilbrook was the lead singer on the majority of their material, with Difford harmonising, but Difford's gruffer, flatter vocals were occasionally used to good effect, particularly on their biggest UK hit, Cool For Cats. Difford and Tilbrook wrote almost all the band's material, although there was usually one song per album given to another band member.

The band were lumped in with the New Wave/Punk groups of the time, but in fact were closest to the beat groups of the 60s, particularly the Kinks, although they did have certain resemblances to Elvis Costello and Ian Dury

Their first EP, Packet Of Three, was produced by John Cale of the Velvet Underground (the band had named themselves, in characteristically perverse fashion, after the only Velvets album to feature neither Cale nor Lou Reed), and was followed in 1978 with the album (UK) Squeeze, featuring the hit single Take Me I'm Yours, a vaguely new-wave harmonised duet with Difford and Tilbrook.

Cool For Cats followed in 1979, featuring their two biggest UK hits, Cool For Cats and the glorious Up The Junction, along with two other hits Slap & Tickle and Goodbye Girl, the latter one of their best songs.

Kakouli left shortly thereafter, and was replaced by John Bentley for third album Argybargy(1980), the epitome of the Squeeze sound in most people's eyes, featuring the hit singles Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) and Another Nail For My Heart.

East Side Story (1981) saw another change in line-up. Jools Holland left the band to become a TV presenter, and was replaced by Paul Carrack, formerly of Ace and later of Mike & The Mechanics, who sang lead on Tempted, the band's best known song in the US (Elvis Costello and Glenn Tilbrook both sang odd lines in the song as well).The album also contained singles Is That Love? and Labelled With Love - the latter being not only the best thing the band ever did, but a strong contender for best song ever.

1982's Sweets From A Stranger saw yet another line-up change, with Carrack being replaced by Don Snow. The album contained the hit Black Coffee In Bed (featuring Elvis Costello and Paul Young on backing vocals), but the band split shortly afterwards.

Difford & Tilbrook made an album as a duo in 1984, before reforming the original band in 1985 (minus Kakouli, whose place was taken by Keith Wilkinson, who would become one of the band's longest-serving 'sidemen', remaining until 1996), for the relatively overlooked Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti. 1987's Babylon & On (featuring the hit Hourglass) and 1989's Frank featured the same line-up.

However, by 1991's Play Holland had left again, and shortly afterwards Lavis was fired. Tilbrook played keyboards on all future outings on record until their final outing, and for a while on stage Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello & The Attractions filled out the band.

1993's Some Fantastic Place, with Paul Carrack rejoining on piano towards the end of recording, is widely regarded as a return to form, and the title track, about the death of a friend, is Tilbrook's personal favourite Squeeze song. Comedian Bob Mortimer recently said that he had an agreement with his partner Vic Reeves that when one of them died, the survivor would sing it at the funeral. It's that kind of song. Third Rail, Cold Shoulder and It's Over all also survived in the band's setlist for the rest of the 90s.

For the tour, Kevin Wilkinson (no relation to Keith) joined the band on drums, and he stayed for 1995's Ridiculous and the subsequent tours. Carrack, however, left and was replaced again by Don Snow, who had changed his name to John Savannah, for the Ridiculous tour.
1998's Domino, the last Squeeze album, was released on the band's own label, A&M having dropped them, and was effectively by a different band, consisting of Difford, Tilbrook, Chris Holland (Jools' brother) on keyboards, Hilaire Penda on bass and Ashley Soan (drums). The band did one more tour together, but during a tour in 1999 Holland and Soan both dropped out, and eventually Difford did the same - after more than two decades, and with a widely-publicised alcohol problem, he no longer wished to tour.

Tilbrook and Penda finished the tour (supporting Blondie)with a new keyboard player and drummer, leading to the bizarre situation that at one point Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues band was gigging with more members of Squeeze than Squeeze was (Holland's band has Lavis on drums, Chris Holland on second keyboard, and Difford guested at a handful of shows). After the tour, Tilbrook hung up the Squeeze name.

Tilbrook is now a solo artist, touring both solo and with new band The Party, playing mostly Squeeze songs with a handful of covers and a few new songs thrown in. He has released two solo singles - Parallel World and This Is Where You Ain't and an album, The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook.
Difford is currently managing and writing with Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet.

More info - www.squeezefan.com , www.glenntilbrook.com , www.quixoticrecords.com

'Squeeze' is also a British slang term for 'significant other', of either gender.

As in the phrase 'In Britain, people often say 'squeeze' instead of significant other, as in the phrase "Do you see that lady across the way? She is my squeeze. I could have said significant other but I did not; for I am British, and fond of slang"'.

In SCUBA terms, a squeeze occurs during descent, while a reverse squeeze occurs during ascent. This involves the effects of increasing or decreasing pressure on the air spaces of the body and artificial air spaces like the mask. Some squeezes, like mask squeeze, can be equalized to prevent injury, others like tooth squeeze can't, so they might cause the diver to have to abort a dive. Bodily air spaces that can be affected include the lungs, inner ears, and intestines, and some artificial air spaces include the mask and an air pocket in a tooth from an improperly filled cavity. The first thing to remember is that at the surface, your body is in equilibrium at 1 atmosphere of pressure. Every 33ft/10m you descend the pressure on the body increases by that same amount, so the pressure at 10m is 2 atmospheres, and 20m is 3 atmospheres, etc, and the volume of the air spaces that we're concerned with is the reciprocal of that number (Boyle's Law). So, at 20 meters, the pressure is three times greater, the volume of air is one third what it was on the surface. This can create a sucking, squeezing sensation in any air-filled cavity that isn't easily equalized. (The lungs are equalized because you're breathing compressed air at the same pressure as the water around you, though there is still a sensation of wearing something tight around the chest)

Ear squeeze can be avoided by equalizing the ears frequently during descent, using the Valsalva maneuver: pinching the nose and blowing gently against it. Blowing hard won't help the ears clear faster, and can actually damage them. Mask squeeze is that sucking feeling that your eyes are being pulled out of their sockets, but it is easily relieved by exhaling slightly through the nose into the mask. (Ever wonder why you can't wear goggles while SCUBA diving? That's why!) Tooth squeeze can't be easily relieved, so the dive may have to be aborted. You should go see a dentist if this happens so that they can check the cavity, and maybe refill it.

Reverse squeeze happens during the decreasing external pressure that is experienced during ascent. As the diver ascends, air that is trapped in the body expands and can cause discomfort. Air in the ears usually lets itself out gradually, though wiggling the jaw can help. Gas build up in the intestine can be very uncomfortable, and the ascent should be suitably slow to allow it to escape via the normal route. (All ascents should be slow to prevent decompression illness, so this should not be a problem.) During descent, you have to put air in to equalize with the surroundings, and during ascent you have to let it out. In any case, if it's uncomfortable or hurts, stop and either float up a metre or so, or sink a little and wait until the pain goes away. depending on whether you're making a descent or ascent at the time.

Squeeze (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Squeezed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Squeezing.] [OE. queisen, AS. cwEsan, cw&ymacr;san, cwIsan, of uncertain origin. The s- was probably prefixed through the influence of squash, v.t.]


To press between two bodies; to press together closely; to compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice, moisture, etc.; as, to squeeze an orange with the fingers; to squeeze the hand in friendship.


Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush.

In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden.


To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out, through, etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt.

Syn. -- To compress; hug; pinch; gripe; crowd.


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Squeeze, v. i.

To press; to urge one's way, or to pass, by pressing; to crowd; -- often with through, into, etc.; as, to squeeze hard to get through a crowd.


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Squeeze, n.


The act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure.


A facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone.


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Squeeze, n.

1. (Mining)

The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata.


Pressure or constraint used to force the making of a gift, concession, or the like; exaction; extortion. [Colloq.]

One of the many "squeezes" imposed by the mandarins.
A. R. Colquhoun.


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