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the squeaking wheel gets the grease

The people who complain or protest the loudest are the ones who receive the most attention from others. My sister makes a point of writing letters of complaint to businesses whenever she has an issue with their service, and nine times out of ten, she's rewarded with some kind of discount or gift. I guess it's true, the squeaking wheel gets the grease.
See also: get, grease, squeak, wheel

narrow squeak

Fig. a success almost not achieved; a lucky or marginal success; a problem almost not surmounted. That was a narrow squeak. I don't know how I survived. Another narrow squeak like that and I'll give up.
See also: narrow, squeak

squeak by

 (someone or something)
1. Fig. to manage just to squeeze past someone or something. I squeaked by the fat man in the hallway only to find myself blocked by another. I just barely squeaked by.
2. Fig. to manage just to get past a barrier represented by a person or thing, such as a difficult teacher or an examination. Judy just squeaked by Professor Smith, who has a reputation for flunking students. I took the test and just squeaked by.
See also: squeak

squeak something through

Fig. to manage just to get something accepted or approved. I just managed to squeak the proposal through. Tom squeaked the application through at the last minute.
See also: squeak, through

squeak through

1. Fig. to manage just to squeeze through an opening. The child squeaked through the opening and escaped. Sally squeaked through and got away.
2. Fig. to manage just to get past a barrier, such as an examination or interview. (Fig. on {2}.) Sally just barely squeaked through the interview, but she got the job. I wasn't too alert and I just squeaked through.
See also: squeak, through

squeaking wheel gets the oil

 and squeaky wheel gets the oil
Prov. People who complain the most will get attention or what they want. If you don't get good service at the hotel, make sure to tell the manager that you're dissatisfied. The squeaking wheel gets the oil.
See also: get, oil, squeak, wheel

squeak by

Also, squeak through. Manage barely to pass, win, survive, or the like, as in They are just squeaking by on their income, or He squeaked through the driver's test. This idiom transfers squeak in the sense of "barely emit a sound" to "narrowly manage something." [First half of 1900s] Also see squeeze through.
See also: squeak

squeeze someone until the pips squeak

extract the maximum amount of money from someone. British
This expression alludes to a speech made in 1918 by the British politician Sir Eric Geddes on the subject of Germany's payment of indemnities after World War I: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed—until the pips squeak’. More recently, in the 1970s, the Labour Chancellor Denis Healey declared his intention to squeeze the rich until the pips squeaked.
See also: pip, squeak, squeeze, until

a narrow eˈscape/ˈsqueak

a situation where somebody only just avoids injury, danger or failure: We had a narrow escape on the way here. The wind blew a tree down just in front of us. We could have been killed.
See also: escape, narrow, squeak

squeak by

To manage barely to pass, win, or survive someone or something: I squeaked by the first round but won the rest of my matches easily. My parents squeaked by on a limited income.
See also: squeak

squeak through

To manage barely to pass, win, or survive something: The student squeaked through the course with a D minus.
See also: squeak, through

narrow squeak

n. a success almost not achieved; a lucky or marginal success; a problem almost not surmounted. That was a narrow squeak. I don’t know how I survived.
See also: narrow, squeak
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The deli at Bubble & Squeak has gradually grown over the years and now offers a great selection of meats and deli products.
Pip, the dog, Squeak his penguin companion and a baby rabbit called Wilfred came from Payne''s imagination and continued to delight both children and their parents until its run ended in Oddly, Pip and Squeak were portrayed as being Wilfred''s parents -they apparently found him in a turnip field -while an elderly penguin was known as Auntie and a Russian spy was the villain with his dogAustin Bowen Payne was born in Cardiff, South Wales, but lived for a great part of his life in Herne Bay.
If you have an interest in handkerchiefs - or own one of those elusive Pip, Squeak and Wilfred houses - Brenda Mathews, who lives in the south of England, would love to hear from you.
Identify where the squeaks are and lift up the board.
But tell me, were those squeaks I just heard genuine dolphin-speak?
For this particular study we used AE hits for the data analysis because we where only interested in being able to detect the presence of a squeak not any details about the squeak.
Loxtons team had a night to remember at the 2006 BFFF Annual Awards when they scooped two bronze medals, one of their Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto and the other for their Bubble and Squeak Stack.
While a buzz, squeak, or rattle problem may land on the doorstep of manufacturing, under the CST approach the team leader comes from design.
Squeak 1A is available in a low-cost, integrated, mass-production WHAM2-package module for easy drop-in wireless audio solutions where multiple nodes are required.
Appropriate for both high school students and adults, this textbook explains basic programming concepts in the Squeak open source multimedia environment using the Smalltalk language.
Following the maiden voyage of ship crewed by the brave mouse Rip Squeak and his friend--his sister Jenny, her doll Bunny, Abbey the kitten and Euripides the frog.