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squawk

1. verb, slang To complain in a loud, grating, peevish manner. What's he squawking about?
2. noun, slang Such a complaint. As a waiter, I eventually just got used to the squawks of impatient customers.

squawk about (someone or something)

1. To talk about something in a loud, grating, obnoxious manner. He's spent the last half an hour squawking about the new girl he's dating. A: "What's Mary squawking about now?" B: "Oh, she's off on some long-winded explanation of postmodernism."
2. To complain about something in a loud, grating, peevish manner. If I have to listen to him squawk about the election for the next hour, I'm going to scream.
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squawk box

An always-on multi-speaker telecommunication system in which speakers located in multiple locations allow the people there to communicate directly by simply pressing a button. The squawk boxes in the warehouse allows the foreman to issue instructions to everyone at the same time. We use squawk boxes in our brokerage firm to pass important information about upcoming stock trades on the fly.
See also: box, squawk

squawk about something

to complain about something. stop squawking about how much money you lost. I lost twice as much. What are you squawking about now?
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squawk

1. in. to complain. Some people squawk because they don’t have anything else to do.
2. n. a complaint. Here’s another squawk from the lady on the third floor.
3. tv. & in. to reveal or blab something. She squawked the whole business to the fuzz.

squawk box

n. a public-address system; a loudspeaker, especially if installed in a box or other housing. A raspy voice came over the squawk box announcing the arrival of what we had been waiting for.
See also: box, squawk
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If he is eating well, his feathers look bright and he is otherwise healthy, then I wouldn't worry too much, as hopefully the squawking will reduce as the season for birdie love wanes.
"Maybe he doesn't like this weather and was trying to get back to where he came from, he was squawking away and flapping his wings - I don't know much about parrots but he looked happy enough."
'You can always do better but we are providing grown-up government - what we get is a lot of squawking from the opposition parties,' added Mr Morgan, who was giving his last press conference before the summer recess.
Some believe people bought these birds as pets in the 1960s and later released them because they tired of their constant squawking, which can be ear splitting.
She spent all day gazing at herself I when she wasnOt squawking her head off.
Terence Corcoran in the Post was reminded of Pierre Trudeau's description of this party as "seagulls, squawking and squealing above the ship of state and pretending."
EastEnders (BBC1): Peggy receives devastating news: "You're a walking, squawking cliche!"
Mr Punch has assaulted his squawking wife, abused the policeman, belaboured the crocodile, and usurped the hangman.
Like a flock of noisy parrots squawking at the bottom of the garden, government and business spokespeople never cease chorusing that the only way to overcome unemployment is through more economic growth.
Interspersed among these illustrated emotions are sections of beautiful dancing and group music-making with harmonicas, drums, triangles, toy pianos, and small whistles that sound like squawking geese.
I found the reader question and your response about squawking standby in the May issue interesting because Mode S transponders and especially ADS-B Out configurations have SBY/ALT positions when a GPS position is received rather than ON/ALT without a GPS position.
Cookie the cockatiel started squawking and flapping his wings to alert Ben Rees, 17, that a blaze had broken out in his bedroom.
He said: "I'm used to her squawking and whistling Queen tunes but I'm not sure it's everyone's cup of tea.
Tarantino also claims the "relentless squawking" is "injurious to his health and offensive to his senses" and "interferes with his comfortable enjoyment of life".
It tipped off dealers about a police raid in which pounds 100,000 of cocaine was found by squawking "run, run or the cat will get you" when it saw police uniforms.