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squeaker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n squeaker something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
    • n squeaker any artifact that makes a squeaking sound when used "those sneakers are squeakers","which hinge is the squeaker?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Squeaker A contest won by a small margin.
    • Squeaker A narrow escape from harm.
    • Squeaker One who, or that which, squeaks.
    • Squeaker (Zoöl) The Australian gray crow shrike (Strepera anaphonesis); -- so called from its note.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squeaker One who or that which squeaks.
    • n squeaker A young bird, as a pigeon, partridge, or quail; a chirper; a peeper; a squealer.
    • n squeaker An Australian crow-shrike of the genus Strepera, as S. cuneicauda (oftener called anaphonensis, after Temminck, 1824, a specific name antedated by the one given by Vieillot in 1816), mostly of a grayish color, 19 inches long: so called from its cries.
    • n squeaker One who confesses, or turns informer.
    • n squeaker A European water-beetle, Pelobius tardus, which is a very loud stridulator. They are sold as curiosities in the London markets.
    • n squeaker Any stridulating crab, as the American lady-crab.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Squeaker one who squeaks: a young bird
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Sw. sqväka, to croak, Ger. quieken, to squeak.

Usage

In literature:

And I will too, if you so much as open your squeaker again!
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
Croakers and squeakers are all going to sleep fast till darkness comes again.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
Such a pretty young squeaker.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
And, in almost the same way, the bunny uncle had saved Squeaker, when his wooden house was blown over by the wolf.
"Uncle Wiggily and Old Mother Hubbard" by Howard R. Garis
I escaped its lure at first because of the 'squeaker' I carried with me.
"The Beast of Space" by F.E. Hardart
As I passed the place the squeakers were left behind me, and so at last I traced the noise to some creature underground.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
You're keeping back lots of things that old wheezy squeaker said.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Anyway, my hunch is a vote in the Diet would be a squeaker.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
This was too much for Mr. Gully, who pounced upon the unfortunate 'squeaker' and slew him.
"The Animal Story Book" by Various
As one looks at his Punch one feels that such a being is either a squeaker or a mute.
"George Cruikshank" by W. H. Chesson
I've done 'em before from one of the old squeakers up at the farm.
"The Oriel Window" by Mrs. Molesworth
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In poetry:

" Who's there " came a growl—" at this hour o' night ? "
" Who's there ? " said an angry speaker—
“We're seeking shelter from the storm ! "
Said a voice—like a ha'p'ny squeaker.
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor

In news:

Coors Field can play just like any pitcher's park, as evidenced by the Rockies' 2-1 squeaker over Philadelphia that wrapped up their sweep of the Phillies in the humidor 's playoff debut this month.
Before you give him toys, you make sure the squeaker isn't a choking danger.
The squeaker, or landslide, and beyond.
Kenoi bests Kim in a squeaker .
Deal and Handel battle in squeaker .
Portales girls win squeaker portales, roswell, points, early, senior, zone, scored, lady, coyotes, johnson.
Kennedy, in a squeaker .
Tanager volleyball team loses squeaker vs Tigers by Jim Prosser On Tuesday, Oct 28, the Tanager varsity lost a close, five- game match to the Tigers from Harrisburg, 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-13, and 12-15 at the VHS gym.
Ninilchik grabs title in squeaker .
Campaigns' internal counts show squeaker, blowout.
Abbey Bradley swished a game-winning basket to beat the final buzzer on Thursday, leading the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a 50-49 squeaker over Hartley (Texas).
Shea-Porter Wins Seat In Another Squeaker.
Photographs of Silly Squeakers courtesy of Leerburg.com.
Shea- Porter Wins Seat In Another Squeaker.
It's the teachers in a squeaker.
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