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verb     squeak pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesqueaking
past tensesqueaked
past participlesqueaked
  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect to make a short, high noise

    Their shoes squeaked on the tiled floor.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to speak in a high voice, especially because you are upset or excited
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to only just be successful or accepted
    squeak through/by/in etc.:

    The legislation is likely to squeak through.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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