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An Anglo concertina, which is a type of squeezebox


squeeze +‎ box.


  • IPA(key): /ˈskwiːzbɒks/
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  • Hyphenation: squeeze‧box


squeezebox (plural squeezeboxes)

  1. (music, informal) Synonym of accordion or concertina.
    • 1975 November, Pete Townshend (lyrics and music), “Squeeze Box”, in The Who by Numbers, performed by The Who:
      Mama's got a squeeze box she wears on her chest. / From when Daddy comes home, he never gets no rest. / Because she's playing all night, and the music's all right.
    • 1980, Louis Nowra, “Inside the Island”, in Helen Gilbert, editor, Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology, Abingdon, Oxon.; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, published 2001, →ISBN, page 291:
      (Pause. peter picks up his squeeze box.) / peter I sing with this. / george A concertina. / peter No, it's a squeeze box. Can you play it? / george I love music, but can't play a thing.
    • 1999, James P. Leary, “Polka Music in a Polka State”, in James P. Leary, editor, Wisconsin Folklore, Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, →ISBN, page 279:
      Like the "concertina oompah" phase of the Dutchman style, the Slovenian polka sound emphasizes skill with a squeezebox.
    • 2002, Howard Jacobson, chapter 2, in Who's Sorry Now?, London: Jonathan Cape, ISBN 978-0-224-06286-2; republished London: Vintage Books, 2003, ISBN 978-0-09-943737-6, page 29:
      Intoxicating, the cheap Moroccan wallets, squashed and flattened in their elasticated dozens, which he eased apart like squeeze-boxes, releasing their scent of oxhide, of urine, of all the dyes and spices of the kasbah.
    • 2003, Cliff Eisen, quoting Antonio Salieri, “Mozart’s Chamber Music”, in Simon P. Keefe, editor, The Cambridge Companion to Mozart, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 105:
      It [Serenade for Winds in B Flat Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart] started simply enough: just a pulse in the lowest registers – bassoons and basset horns – like a rusty squeezebox. It would have been comic except for the slowness, which gave it instead a sort of serenity. [] But the squeezebox went on and on, and the pain cut deeper into my shaking head, until suddenly I was running, dashing through the side door, stumbling downstairs into the street, into the cold night, gasping for life.
    • 2006, Richard March, “Polka”, in Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew [R. L.] Cayton, editors, The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, →ISBN, page 388, column 1:
      Squeezeboxes are essential instruments in most polka traditions, especially the button accordion, the piano accordion, and the Chemnitzer concertina. [] Manufacture and sale of squeezeboxes made the instruments widely accessible at a time when polkas were all the rage. The squeezebox-polka association remains. A majority of polka bands use an accordion or concertina.
    • 2010, Dan M[ichael] Worrall, “The Concertina at Sea”, in The Anglo-German Concertina: A Social History, volume 1, 3rd edition, Fulshear, Tx.: Concertina Press, →ISBN, page 324, column 2:
      Memories held by an older generation faded—memories of concertinas used in twilight dances on deck under a tropical sky or of Royal Navy soldiers dancing a hornpipe to its sound—and succeeding generations saw only Captain Pugwash’s “Tom the Cabin Boy,” fictional Disney pirates, and Tinseltown crooners with fake squeezeboxes.
  2. Alternative form of squeeze box (device for immobilizing an animal; box used by cavers for practising).

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