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squeak

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squeak make a high-pitched, screeching noise "The door creaked when I opened it slowly","My car engine makes a whining noise"
    • n squeak something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
    • n squeak a short high-pitched noise "the squeak of shoes on powdery snow"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If your shoes squeak, it simply means that two layers of leather in the sole are rubbing together. Driving a tack through the sole will often remove the squeak.
    • n Squeak A sharp, shrill, disagreeable sound suddenly uttered, either of the human voice or of any animal or instrument, such as is made by carriage wheels when dry, by the soles of leather shoes, or by a pipe or reed.
    • Squeak To break silence or secrecy for fear of pain or punishment; to speak; to confess. "If he be obstinate, put a civil question to him upon the rack, and he squeaks, I warrant him."
    • Squeak To utter a sharp, shrill cry, usually of short duration; to cry with an acute tone, as an animal; or, to make a sharp, disagreeable noise, as a pipe or quill, a wagon wheel, a door; to creak. "Who can endure to hear one of the rough old Romans squeaking through the mouth of an eunuch?""Zoilus calls the companions of Ulysses the “ squeaking pigs” of Homer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.
    • squeak To utter a short, sharp, shrill cry, as a pig or a rat; make a sharp noise, as a pipe or fife, a wheel or hinge that needs oiling, or the sole of a boot.
    • squeak To break silence or secrecy; speak out; turn informer; “squeal”; peach.
    • squeak To shirk an obligation, as the payment of a debt.
    • squeak To utter with a squeak, or in a squeaking tone.
    • n squeak A short, sharp, shrill cry, such as that uttered by pigs or mice, or made by a wheel or the hinge of a door when dry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Squeak skwēk to utter a shrill and usually short cry
    • n Squeak a sudden, shrill cry
    • n Squeak a loud squeak
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Quotations

  • Henry Wheeler Shaw
    Henry Wheeler Shaw
    “The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.”
  • Sir Eric Geddes
    Sir Eric Geddes
    “We will get everything out of her that you can squeeze out of a lemon and a bit more. I will squeeze her until you can hear the pips squeak.”

Idioms

Till the pips squeak - If someone will do something till the pips squeak, they will do it to the limit, even though it will make other people suffer.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably of imitative origin; cf. Sw. sqväka, to croak, Icel. skvakka, to give a sound as of water shaken in a bottle

Usage

In literature:

It wasn't more than a second or, possibly a second and a squeak, before a great, big, bad boy stepped out from behind a tree.
"Buddy And Brighteyes Pigg" by Howard R. Garis
I am even sensible of a little feeling of funny elation at the sound of the fiddles gayly squeaking.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
Men who have been out here some time have a dozen stories of similar near squeaks.
"Carry On" by Coningsby Dawson
Vix soon made a spring, and in the middle of the bunch of dead grass that she grabbed was a field-mouse squeaking his last squeak.
"Lobo, Rag and Vixen" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
When they saw the tall Christmas tree, they squeaked again and again in their joy.
"The Child's World" by Hetty Browne, Sarah Withers, W.K. Tate
The fiddles were squeaking merrily, and lovely little forms flew past the windows in time to the music.
"The Pot of Gold" by Mary E. Wilkins
He spoke in a low squeaking voice, so as hardly to be understood, at least not by me.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
Tried to squeak, but couldn't.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
He had cracked his voice at last, and could only squeak miserably.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
They'd heard squeaks when they were being brought to this place, and the squeaks were obviously language, but no human one.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
A faint little squeak voices the fright of a mouse.
"Some Winter Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
Once you get a fair hold and tear out a handful she'll squeak, I'll warrant.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Suddenly there was a loud squeak, and the big shadow seemed to part in the middle and fly in every direction.
"Bumper, The White Rabbit" by George Ethelbert Walsh
I think he had a narrow squeak.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Hiram heard the squeak of a swivel chair.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
The wheels scraped, squeaked, and groaned.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
An old man, thin and shriveled, with a crafty eye, and a thin, squeaking voice, here put his head in at the door.
"Frank and Fearless" by Horatio Alger Jr.
The squeaking of footsteps in the dry snow was heard distinctly.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
The squeaking went on.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
He squeaked at Simpson, wriggling his nose.
"The Native Soil" by Alan Edward Nourse
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In poetry:

"It's quite old-fashione d now to groan
When you begin to speak:
This is the newest thing in tone - "
And here (it chilled me to the bone)
He gave an AWFUL squeak.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
"And if Bones plagues him anyhow -
Squeaking and all the rest of it,
As he was doing here just now -
I prophesy there'll be a row,
And Tibbs will have the best of it!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
J--When on the foolish hearth fresh wood I place,
It whistles, sings, and squeaks, before my face;
And if it does unless the fire burns bright,
And if it does, yet squeaks, how can I write?
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
One squeaked away, the other blew,
The third played on the rattle too,
To keep the bantling easy; And hence this story comes to us, Of which some people make such fuss,
About the Eastern Magi -
"A Commentary On The Eastern Wise Men, Travelling To Bethlehem, Guided" by Thomas Paine
"Beware the blood that bounds and leaps!
Your sinful feelings throttle.
Beware the imp that leers and peeps
From out each tin and bottle!
A submarine Chapzander speaks.
Beware when gay Belinda squeaks!"
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis
"Cen-TEEN-ary," squeaks 'e.
(Still obstinit, yeh see).
Well, it weren't no time for bein' tender-'arted,
So I spreads 'im on the floor,
An' 'e never sez no more ....
So, please yer Worship, that was 'ow it started.
"For The Defence" by C J Dennis

In news:

"I'm so clean, I squeak," said porn star Kylie Ireland of her 17 years of tests for about 480 films.
Hip- Squeak opened in 2006 for parents who want to dress their children to reflect their own taste--savvy and chic.
Gaylord Squeak ' Schmitz, 72.
Gaylord " Squeak " Schmitz, age 72 of Merna, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Jets Should Squeak By Packers on Sunday.
Watch as we eliminate rv slide out squeak with protective, dry lubricant.
American Visions Art Gallery in Folsom will host internationally acclaimed artist Leonard Filgate and his wife author Susan Yost Filgate the creators of the much-loved children's series Rip Squeak & Friends.
Im so honest I squeak .
The Salt Lake Bees swept the series against Oklahoma City, barely squeaking by with an 8-7 victory in 10 innings.
Big stop helps Talons squeak past New Orleans.
11 minutes RIP Squeak .
Time consuming drives and a bend but don't break defense was enough for the Blountstown Tigers to squeak past Chipley Friday night, 6-3.
ChiSox squeak by Jays thanks to Alvarez gaffe.
Saucy Squeak 's serves barbecue.
Denny Swecker and Larry Young have teamed up to open Saucy Squeak 's, a barbecued rib and chicken restaurant and tavern.
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