It was not intended that we should have such a hard time getting a living, that we should just manage to squeeze along, to get together a few comforts, to spend about all of our time making a living instead of making a life.

Marden, Orison Swett. Pushing to the Front (p. 466).

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    Did you look up Merriam-Webster? It has to exert pressure and to force one's way and also alludes to cause economic hardship to etc. They possibly squeeze the most value from a dollar that they can too. Nice choice of word. Commented Oct 2, 2023 at 18:11
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    It's probably related to squeeze by meaning "To manage to accomplish something by very narrowly overcoming some difficulty." Squeeze conveys the sense of only just making it.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Oct 4, 2023 at 13:06

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Here, "squeeze" and "along" are two separate words, not a phrasal verb.

"Squeeze" has the meaning force one's way, which Weather Vane pointed out in a comment. This meaning of "squeeze" is almost always accompanied by an adverbial of direction

"Along" is such an adverb, meaning "forward" or "on"

So your quote means, "...that we should just manage to force our way forward...".

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