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the squeaky wheel gets the oil

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 squeaky wheel gets the oil.
See also: get, oil, squeaky, wheel

squeaky clean

1. Completely clean. This shower needs to be squeaky clean before Grandma gets here.
2. Completely innocent and upstanding. She's such a sweet girl that I just assumed she was squeaky clean—I had no idea she had a police record! They've been trying to dig up any dirt they can find on the candidate, but he's coming up squeaky clean.
See also: clean, squeaky

the squeaky 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 squeaky wheel gets the grease.
See also: get, grease, squeaky, wheel

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

squeaky wheel gets the grease

The loudest complaints get the most attention, as in No matter what table they give her, Helen generally insists on a better one and gets it-the squeaky wheel gets the grease . The current version of this idiom, with its allusion to a wagon wheel that needs oiling, is ascribed to American humorist Josh Billings (1818-1885) in a poem, "The Kicker": "I hate to be a kicker [complainer], I always long for peace, But the wheel that does the squeaking Is the one that gets the grease." However, the idea of the idiom is much older. A manuscript from about 1400 had: "Ever the worst spoke of the cart creaks." Similar sayings were repeated over the succeeding centuries.
See also: get, grease, squeaky, wheel

squeaky clean

COMMON If someone is squeaky clean, they live a very good life and never seem to do anything bad or illegal. Of all boy bands, they had the most wholesome and squeaky clean image. As a country-dweller myself, I can truthfully say that not all people living in the countryside are as squeaky clean as they like to think. Note: You can also use squeaky-clean before a noun. Claudia's squeaky-clean image makes her the perfect children's television presenter. Neither singer has a squeaky-clean reputation. Note: This expression is often used to suggest that this way of life is unnatural or uninteresting, or that someone is not as good as they seem. Note: Clean surfaces sometimes squeak when you wipe or rub them.
See also: clean, squeaky

the squeaky wheel gets the grease

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say the squeaky wheel gets the grease to mean that people who complain loudly get attention. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Council is listening to the small minority of people who scream loudest.
See also: get, grease, squeaky, wheel

squeaky clean

beyond reproach; without vice.
The expression originally refers literally to a surface so clean that it squeaks when a finger is rubbed across it.
2001 Sonia El Kahal Business in the Asia Pacific The quality of government is corrupt in Indonesia, squeaky clean in Singapore, and in-between elsewhere.
See also: clean, squeaky

the squeaky wheel gets the ˈgrease/ˈoil

(American English) used to say that a person who complains or talks a lot gets most attention: In politics, the squeaky wheel gets the grease so it is vital for consumers to speak up and be heard.It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, but what about the shy student?
See also: get, grease, oil, squeaky, wheel

squeaky clean

mod. very clean. (Like a clean glass that squeaks when one rubs a finger on it.) I got this floor squeaky clean. Don’t spill anything on it.
See also: clean, squeaky
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has less to do with agencies favoring business over public interest groups or with the number of commenters (the squeakiest wheel gets the grease) than it has to do with the degree of conflict among commenters, the sides in the conflict, and the paucity of repeat players.
None of them realized that true political democracy would degrade the power of its elites and spend the grease of its cultural taxes on the squeakiest wheels of ethnic/gender/disadvantaged grievance.
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are not in sympathy, however politic their public statements -- and that the squeakiest wheel does get the grease; there's little question the Warner Creek old growth and its delicate ecosystem won White House reprieve as a direct result of these eco-radicals' controversial, media-savvy efforts.
It passed by the squeakiest of margins--1,500 votes out of more than 173,000 cast--and only after dosing a 20 percent gap in the polls in the final two weeks.
As I watched the Democratic Party self-destruct over the past few days, I wondered how long the party will continue to cater to its squeakiest wheels.
I decided to treat the schools as if they were the squeakiest wheels in my district - as if they were the most demanding constituents who repeatedly requested action in their neighborhoods.
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