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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ New York Head Start programs also were squeaking by, but funding could dry up by the end of January.
▪ The irony of all this is that he scored incredibly high on the LSATs, and I just squeaked by.
▪ The ad gained Wellstone enough sympathy to squeak by with a 48, 000-vote margin.
▪ His chair squeaked loudly as he swivelled round to face me.
▪ Is that your chair squeaking?
▪ Kramer's running shoes squeaked on the marble floor.
▪ The rubber soles of my shoes squeaked on the shiny floor.
▪ A fourth squeaked through on a single disputed vote.
▪ He pinched the last quarter inch of his cigarette tightly, and sucked on it so hard it squeaked.
▪ How the sly one squeaked, howled, sizzled, hissed, and swelled his hairy carapace!
▪ If he had, Burke's kick might have squeaked in.
▪ The door doesn't squeak, either, and it's ever so quiet and peaceful.
▪ The front door squeaks to a close and eyes need a few seconds to adjust to the dim interior.
▪ There has also been a miraculous rise of the Liberals from the ashes - they may just squeak past 5 percent themselves.
▪ As he opened the door and looked out he thought he heard the squeak of a tricycle.
▪ The rest of us heard a thin squeak, and started calling for her as she had vanished from sight.
▪ There was no reply from the bishop, but he didn't hear another squeak from the turbulent priests either.
▪ She began to drift and was just dozing off when she heard the squeak of Nathan's deck shoes on the ladder.
▪ Have we heard a squeak of protest from anyone?
▪ We heard the high-pitched squeaks of a gold crest.
▪ Younger cats are not only good at hearing high-pitched squeaks, they are also brilliant at detecting precise direction.
▪ The only sound is the soft squeak of the marker on the board.
▪ Bats flittered about him; their warning squeaks sounded like chalk on a blackboard.
▪ Complaints: Occasional squeaks emanating from front breaks.
▪ It was a narrow squeak for the mahogany glider.
▪ Not a squeak did we hear.
▪ The rest of us heard a thin squeak, and started calling for her as she had vanished from sight.
▪ Three rides he had today, for three different trainers, and not one of them had a squeak.
▪ What seemed a single animal is now known to be two, distinct in their genes and with squeaks of different pitch.
▪ Why are their forays to and above the leaf surface accompanied by squeaks and peeps?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Squeak \Squeak\, n. 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 \Squeak\ (skw[=e]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squeaked (skw[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Squeaking.] [Probably of imitative origin; cf. Sw. sqv["a]ka to croak, Icel. skvakka to give a sound as of water shaken in a bottle.]

  1. 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.

  2. To break silence or secrecy for fear of pain or punishment; to speak; to confess. [Colloq.]

    Syn: squeal.

    If he be obstinate, put a civil question to him upon the rack, and he squeaks, I warrant him.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Middle Swedish skväka "to squeak, croak." Related: Squeaked; squeaking.


1660s, from squeak (v.); sense of "narrow escape" is by 1811.


n. 1 A short, high-pitched sound, as of two objects rubbing together, or the calls of small animals. 2 (context games English) A card game similar to group solitaire. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To emit a short, high-pitched sound. 2 (context intransitive slang English) To inform, to squeal. 3 (context transitive English) To speak or sound in a high-pitched manner. 4 (context intransitive games English) To empty the pile of 13 cards a player deals to themself in the card game of the same name. 5 (context intransitive informal English) To win or progress by a narrow margin.


v. make a high-pitched, screeching noise; "The door creaked when I opened it slowly" [syn: screech, creak, screak, skreak]

  1. n. a short high-pitched noise; "the squeak of of shoes on powdery snow"

  2. something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin [syn: close call, close shave, squeaker, narrow escape]


The Squeak programming language is a dialect of Smalltalk. It is object-oriented, class-based, and reflective.

It was derived directly from Smalltalk-80 by a group at Apple Computer that included some of the original Smalltalk-80 developers. Its development was continued by the same group at Walt Disney Imagineering, where it was intended for use in internal Disney projects.

Squeak is cross-platform. Programs produced on one platform run bit-identical on all other platforms, and versions are available for many platforms. The Squeak system includes code for generating a new version of the virtual machine (VM) on which it runs. It also includes a VM simulator written in Squeak. For these reasons, it is easily ported.

Usage examples of "squeak".

The bat squeaked angrily, but evidently there were no somesthetic nerve-endings in the membrane.

What he did not want them to see was the occasional look of pained surprise or the muffled squeak she uttered when she was not quick enough with her shield and the pebble or tiny dart he bespelled to fly at her reached her hand or cheek and nipped and stung.

The bonsai had begun crying, its leaves trembling helplessly, its voice reduced to a sniffling squeak.

He looked away from the projected image, to find himself the object of a glare from Brond Halorn that would doubtless have wondrously transformed him into some species of small, squeaking vermin, had she but the power.

With an instinct more than two hundred million years old, Dig flattened herself against the ground, while burrowers squeaked and scrambled over each other.

The sounds of the night rang in his ears: the wet panting of the dogs, the crop and step of mares in the paddock beyond the ditch, the whicker of a nursing foal, and far out and once only the call of an owl to its young and a single high squeak in return.

It opened, with its familiar squeak, and a fresh-faced probationer constable came into the room.

Better than anything in nature she loved running water, and this was grey and icy and seemed to have a cold sweet smell, and she liked the slight squeaking noises her boots made on the quaggy turf when she shifted her balance.

Anything that clicked, squeaked, or rattled was identified and restowed, taped, or otherwise fastened into place.

Kasane gave a little squeak when Cat disturbed some roosting chickens and they flapped away.

As Tanalasta stepped through the door, she was greeted by the same squeaking sound that had distracted Sarmon earlier.

The new High Septon would doubtless wring his holy hands, and the Braavosi would squeak and squawk at her.

Probably the same one that will sometimes slip up outside my cabin window in the hollow squeaking shank of a strung-out night to suddenly squawl me up out of my swivel chair three feet in the air then disappear into the swamp with yips of ornery delight.

You can hear the engine tappets knocking from a block away, the springs squeak, and the headlights flicker.

The grating stopped, but Krysty could hear the squeak of an ungreased hinge.