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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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You cannot transition an active stadium TFR even if you are on an IFR flight plan and squawking an IFR transponder code.
Lib said she had been getting fed up with Twinkle's squawking, but added: "He can definitely stay now".
The most annoying thing of all is his incessant squawking - the cockatiel was obviously not domesticated because of its beautiful song.
Francis Hall managed to flee with sons Sam and Trevor after the frantic squawking of African grey Bob woke them.
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A MISSING parrot was reunited with his owner after squawking his name to an RSPCA officer.
At this point, I have not been cleared into Class B airspace, and squawking 1200 and talking to CTAF is not good (or legal) if I am above the floor of the Bravo airspace.
The US PGA player, 39, hit a series of shots at the protected bird to stop it squawking - until it fell to the ground fatally hurt.
If you're one of those people who complains long and loud about Hollywood forsaking family films, then stop your squawking, buy a ticket and write a thank-you note.
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Despite the problems the hawks cause, employees say the raptors are ``beautiful,'' and they love hearing the loud squawking through much of the day.
WOODLAND HILLS - For 10 years, Shirley the parrot was the life of her back yard, fluttering from her perch squawking ``love love'' and ``bark the dog.
The mynah bird taken from Glasgow Zoo earned the nickname Wacko because of its constant whistling and squawking.
Clawing, barking, squawking and meowing are all part of the usual holiday routine for the Canyon Country resident, who poses for photos with people's pets each December to raise money for the Pet Assistance Foundation.
There's going to be a lot of squawking,'' said Bill Gartner, a professor at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.