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the squeaky wheel gets the oil

The person complaining or protesting the loudest or most frequently is the one who will 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 squeaky wheel gets the oil.
See also: get, oil, squeaky, wheel

squeaky clean

1. Completely clean. This shower needs to be squeaky clean before Grandma gets here.
2. Completely innocent and upstanding. She's such a sweet girl that I just assumed she was squeaky clean—I had no idea she had a police record! They've been trying to dig up any dirt they can find on the candidate, but he's coming up squeaky clean.
See also: clean, squeaky

the squeaky wheel gets the grease

The person complaining or protesting the loudest or most frequently is the one who will 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 squeaky wheel gets the grease.
See also: get, grease, squeaky, wheel

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.
See also: get, oil, squeak, wheel

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

squeaky clean

COMMON If someone is squeaky clean, they live a very good life and never seem to do anything bad or illegal. Of all boy bands, they had the most wholesome and squeaky clean image. As a country-dweller myself, I can truthfully say that not all people living in the countryside are as squeaky clean as they like to think. Note: You can also use squeaky-clean before a noun. Claudia's squeaky-clean image makes her the perfect children's television presenter. Neither singer has a squeaky-clean reputation. Note: This expression is often used to suggest that this way of life is unnatural or uninteresting, or that someone is not as good as they seem. Note: Clean surfaces sometimes squeak when you wipe or rub them.
See also: clean, squeaky

the squeaky wheel gets the grease

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say the squeaky wheel gets the grease to mean that people who complain loudly get attention. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Council is listening to the small minority of people who scream loudest.
See also: get, grease, squeaky, wheel

squeaky clean

beyond reproach; without vice.
The expression originally refers literally to a surface so clean that it squeaks when a finger is rubbed across it.
2001 Sonia El Kahal Business in the Asia Pacific The quality of government is corrupt in Indonesia, squeaky clean in Singapore, and in-between elsewhere.
See also: clean, squeaky

the squeaky wheel gets the ˈgrease/ˈoil

(American English) used to say that a person who complains or talks a lot gets most attention: In politics, the squeaky wheel gets the grease so it is vital for consumers to speak up and be heard.It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, but what about the shy student?
See also: get, grease, oil, squeaky, wheel

squeaky clean

mod. very clean. (Like a clean glass that squeaks when one rubs a finger on it.) I got this floor squeaky clean. Don’t spill anything on it.
See also: clean, squeaky

squeaky wheel gets the grease, the

The loudest complainer usually obtains the most attention. This allusion to a wagon wheel that needs lubrication appears in a nineteenth-century poem attributed to the American humorist Josh Billings. Entitled “The Kicker” (i.e., The Complainer), it goes, “I hate to be a kicker, I always long for peace, But the wheel that does the squeaking is the one that gets the grease.” However, this idea had been similarly expressed in various early proverb collections. “He who greases his Wheels, helps his Oxen” occurs in Thomas Fuller’s collection (1732), and “A wheel badly greased creaks” in Alfred Henderson’s (1830).
See also: get, squeaky, wheel
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"The louder our voices are and the squeakier the wheel is," says Blethen, whose family has owned the Seattle Times through four generations, "the better our approach will be."
Say it wasn't your eloquence, as you supposed, That won your wife's affections but the odd, Congenital squeak in your voice that reminded her Of her dad's voice, which was squeakier. Say you didn't earn her as Jacob earned Rachel, Toiling seven years, and seven more, When you marked on your sample ballot at the polling place The same losers she planned to vote for, When you spoke of the many unfriendly porch steps You'd climbed on weekends to canvass for true reform, When you detailed the doors slammed in your face Just as you opened your argument for higher taxes.
Certainly, the first hour of this match suggested City's bums are getting ever squeakier as the finish line draws into sight and, when Crouch struck, no doubt Fergie was rubbing his hands.
Directed by Bruce Hendricks, this energetic concert film, recorded live at Madison Square Garden in New York last year, polishes the Jonas brand to an even squeakier clean.
Speaking in a London hotel as they spend a few days promoting the show, Jane - 'I'm the one with the gravelly voice'- and Gina - 'Mine's a bit squeakier' - finish each other's sentences, often disagree and talk nine to the dozen.
Talking of strange surfaces, the Tesco car park seems to be squeakier than ever!
The louder our voices are and the squeakier the wheel is, the better our approach will be."
I would have thought it was even squeakier because if you are near the top, managers can relax more because they have players of unbelievable quality.
Every time one of us tried to say a word and it came out squeakier than intended, we would lap it up, ridicule and store it in the memory bank for future taunting.