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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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squeak through

 (something)
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.
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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.
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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.
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squeak by

v.
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.
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squeak through

v.
To manage barely to pass, win, or survive something: The student squeaked through the course with a D minus.
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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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Sometimes a squeak can be caused when a nail comes loose and is rubbing against the wood.
There are five reasons why dolphins have acquired a reputation for intelligence: they have big brains for their size; they can learn tricks; they look as though they are smiling; they seem quite friendly; and they squeak a lot.
All of this slackens the tongue and groove side joints and it's these that start to squeak.
When you're walking the forest and you meet an orangutan that not habituated to humans, they'll start giving kiss squeaks and breaking branches," said Madelein Hardus, a primatologist at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, who documented the practice among wild apes in Indonesian Borneo.
The first noticeable squeaks occurred at 25,162 cycles for the right arm and at 26,112 cycles for the left arm.
Furthermore, young bats interspersed elements of adult territorial and courtship songs amid echolocation squeaks.
Another answer is that the higher lubricity of polypropylene helps to reduce the squeaks that are traditional bane of instrument panels.
Oh no," said Squeaks, who had found a cozy new home under the kitchen sink.
Some, like the black-and-white spotted bat, found at Lake Piru and Yosemite, have ears like satellite dishes, the better to hear their own echolocation squeaks.
Because silicones remain flexible at very low temperatures, the weatherstrip coating prevents squeaks even in sub-zero temperatures.
Floor squeaks are usually caused by temperature and humidity changes which cause contraction and expansion of wood.
They were the top sellers of 2009 and the ranges even came in princess, ninja and rock stars but, lucky for parents who tired of the little squeaks, those weren't as much of a hit.
With a little bit of effort and the right hardware and tools, you can eliminate annoying floor squeaks.
So next time she squeaks, just smile inwardly and learn to love the fact she is enjoying herself so much.
Guinea pigs have a wide range of sounds which include grunts, squeaks, coos, chirrups and gurgles.