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This week’s football phrase is ‘to squeeze past‘, which means to narrowly win a game that should easily win, that is, with more difficulty than is necessary. Other similar phrases include: to scrape a win; to sneak a win or to narrowly win. In last week’s World Cup qualifying games many of the so-called top sides struggled against some of the lesser teams; they managed to squeeze past them. Ireland squeezed past Kazakhstan in the final moments while Italy managed to squeeze past Malta 2-0 and the USA squeezed past Jamaica 1-0 in their World Cup qualifiers.
To squeeze past