- a short, sharp, shrill cry; a sharp, high-pitched sound.
- Informal. opportunity; chance: their last squeak to correct the manuscript.
- an escape from defeat, danger, death, or destruction (usually qualified by narrow or close).
- to utter or emit a squeak or squeaky sound.
- Slang. to confess or turn informer; squeal.
- to utter or sound with a squeak or squeaks.
- squeak by/through, to succeed, survive, pass, win, etc., by a very narrow margin: They can barely squeak by on their income. The team managed to squeak through.
Origin of squeak
Examples from the Web for squeak
And while polls show 594 is likely to pass, 591 could squeak by as well.NRA Ducks Gun Fight Out West
October 29, 2014
Shapard, the pollster, predicts Lankford will just squeak by with a narrow majority.T.W. Shannon’s Senate Campaign Is Not About Race. Really.
June 24, 2014
And it was the most that could squeak through a filibuster- hobbled Senate.The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi
March 25, 2014
Kate Middleton revealed today that her nickname at junior school was 'Squeak' - after the school guinea pig.Squeak! Kate Middleton's School Nickname Revealed
November 30, 2012
But the GOP didn't just squeak out a few victories; they crushed.Is Demography Destiny?
November 7, 2012
I thought I'd shouted it, but it sounded just like a squeak.W. A. G.'s Tale
Anywhere but that rocker, I mean; that's got a squeak in the leg.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Don't you so much as squeak, Mr. Castro," a voice whispered in my ear.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He had cracked his voice at last, and could only squeak miserably.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
You've got two notes at present, and one's a squeak and t'other's a grumble.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- a short shrill cry or high-pitched sound
- informal an escape (esp in the phrases narrow squeak, near squeak)
- to make or cause to make a squeak
- (intr ; usually foll by through or by) to pass with only a narrow marginto squeak through an examination
- (intr) informal to confess information about oneself or another
- (tr) to utter with a squeak
Word Origin and History for squeak
late 14c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Middle Swedish skväka "to squeak, croak." Related: Squeaked; squeaking. The noun is from 1660s; sense of "narrow escape" is from 1822.