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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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Us: "Well, now we have the right squawk and the right time!"
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A member of the public telephoned police after mistaking the squawks of Freddie the Amazon blue- fronted parrot for genuine cries of distress.
Hahn Rowe's sensitive score cradles the dancing in electronic gurgles, squawks, and whispers.
Operators heard his faint squawks and dispatched PC Ian Tuckett to the house in Melksham, Wilts.
These animals not only use sound to locate prey (and each other), but some evidence suggests that they also communicate in a code of clicks, whines and squawks that scientists have yet to crack completely.
While the rest of me is nodding solemnly, the little voice squawks up, "Well, who said?" and "Just what do you mean by that?" This voice has served me well.
The ever-popular listening-out squawks, which help general aviation pilots steer safely clear of controlled airspace, are today being updated.
I also hoped that doing so might turn the volume down on his squawks.
But his appearance at the law offices was a welcome diversion for staff who are more used to the squawks of divorcing couples.
If it walks like a duck and squawks like a duck, I bet it's a duck.
1 WILD SUBURBAN PARROTS Before you see them, you hear their manic squawks. Then, up in the sky, these boisterous clowns appear.
Approach started to sort out the aircraft by assigning squawks in order.
This surface burlesque, however, cloaks Morris's great musical sensitivity and parodic flair, in which musical jokes of endless chaconnes and animalistic squawks of sound are sweetly echoed in a great swamp processional of amphibians with heads darting, cheeks puffing silently in and out, and bodies undulating as they sip from the water bowl of life.
"It's nice to know our viewers come from all squawks of life."