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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.
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Squeaking wheel gets the grease -- The term was first applied to wagon wheels that would squeal loudly if not regularly greased and eventually break.
He maintained that trying to be "nice" Indians got his people nowhere, as "only the squeaking wheel gets the grease.