the squeaking wheel gets the grease

the squeaking 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 squeaking wheel gets the grease.
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He maintained that trying to be "nice" Indians got his people nowhere, as "only the squeaking wheel gets the grease."