squeeze (someone or something) until the pips squeak

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squeeze (someone or something) until the pips squeak

To use force or pressure to exploit someone for as much money, information, manpower, etc., as someone has or is able to give. Primarily heard in UK. We were hoping to start our own business, but those loan sharks squeezed us until the pips squeaked with insanely high interest rates. Interrogators are planning to squeeze the captured spy until the pips squeak for all the information he may have about the enemy's plans.
See also: pip, squeak, squeeze, until

squeeze someone until the pips squeak

extract the maximum amount of money from someone. British
This expression alludes to a speech made in 1918 by the British politician Sir Eric Geddes on the subject of Germany's payment of indemnities after World War I: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed—until the pips squeak’. More recently, in the 1970s, the Labour Chancellor Denis Healey declared his intention to squeeze the rich until the pips squeaked.
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UKIP candidate Harry Cottan said: "The other parties promise more funding but either will only do so by taxing until the pips squeak if they have any resources at all from which funds would be paid.
Scottish Lib Dem justice spokesman Liam McArthur said: "Officers at every level of the force are being squeezed until the pips squeak.
In a speech in 1974, he reportedly said he would "tax the rich until the pips squeak.
Once sufficient fresh sources have been found (including shale gas) we can leave the lot of them to their own tribal and social devices, with sanctions until the pips squeak for all pretenders, including Iran, which is opportunistically waiting in the wings to fill any political vacuum.
And after years of money-grabbing it's only right to put the Big Six on notice their days of squeezing customers until the pips squeak are numbered.
Why should the legal sector escape public scrutiny whilst other parts of the public sector are being squeezed until the pips squeak.
With the price of food, petrol, electricity, gas etc rocketing his only answer is to add to our misery by taxing us until the pips squeak.
It is, of course, very unlikely they will turn their backs completely on racing, but if they are levied until the pips squeak then other sports like football and cricket may jostle more aggressively to get their snouts in this gravy bowl.
It's the sound of the SNP's socially progressive leftwing MPs and MSPs protesting against Nicola Sturgeon's decision not to tax the rich until the pips squeak.
And what he NEVER said: 'Tax the rich until the pips squeak.
He said: "These firms are squeezing passengers until the pips squeak.
Operators claim the rises are needed to fund improvements but TSSA rail union leader Manuel Cortes said: "This is all about squeezing a captive audience, the commuter, until the pips squeak.
The policy he and Mr Cameron have dreamt up, of cutting Britain down to size until the pips squeak, is a gamble of epic proportions.