v. squeaked, squeak·ing, squeaks
1. To give forth a short, shrill cry or sound.
2. Slang To turn informer.
To utter in a thin, shrill voice.
1. A short shrill cry or sound, such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge.
2. An escape: a close squeak.
squeak through (or by)
To manage barely to pass, win, or survive: squeaked through the test; squeaks by on a limited income.
[Middle English squeken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skvakka, to croak.]
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