squeaky wheel gets the grease

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
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It seems that, in most areas, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
My follow up includes this narrative and notes of thanks to each intern and Senator among others--essential for many reasons, but mostly because the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
If you want to use the old adage that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, well, when we squeak out there in the field when we know we need things, management listens, because we're incredibly important.
My Grandma always told me the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and believe me disabled veterans and their families deserve all the grease we can get them.
Basically, the squeaky wheel gets the grease,'' he said, and residents of a community must get county officials' attention to local desires.
I am reminded of an old phrase "the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Dannemeyer declares that, typically, members of Congress are so inundated with legislative proposals that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
In this context, it is definitely true that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease," as the saying goes.
Your selective reporting gives credence to the axiom "the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Speak up and remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
I learned the truth of the adage: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Your grandmother told you that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Squeaky wheel gets the grease is not exactly a sophisticated, Internet-age approach to setting priorities.
Silence is golden; but the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Ginell Neitzke, a GM Pinkerton Officer in Flint and new NUSP member says: "Both my grandpas were sit down strikers in Flint, and they taught me that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.