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squeaker

[skwee-ker] /ˈskwi kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that squeaks.
2.
Informal. a contest or game won by a very small margin.
3.
Informal. a dangerous situation.
Origin of squeaker
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; squeak + -er1
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  • I escaped its lure at first because of the 'squeaker' I carried with me.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • But the monster got me when I fell and the 'squeaker' was broken.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • As one looks at his Punch one feels that such a being is either a squeaker or a mute.

    George Cruikshank W. H. Chesson
  • And they didn't like me and my squeaker a mossel; but wot did I care.

  • And I will too, if you so much as open your squeaker again!'

    The Castle Inn Stanley John Weyman
  • The globes set up their seductive rhythms as before, but he could not hear them above the discord of his squeaker.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • They tried to herd him into the first cave on the right, but he had remembered the squeaker; they could not distract him.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • squeaker would lend me a guinea with pleasure; he is a large-minded man, I am sure.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
Slang definitions & phrases for squeaker

squeaker

noun

  1. A very closely contested and uncertain game, contest, etc: They met in a squeaker that year (1960s+)
  2. Something poised on the edge of one result or another, esp a success versus a disaster: ''It'll be a squeaker,'' Bartow said. ''This is a nervous time for us'' (1960s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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