k) KEY VERB: squeaked
, squeaks VERB: intr.
- To give forth a short, shrill cry or sound.
- Slang To turn informer.
- To utter in a thin, shrill voice.
PHRASAL VERB: squeak through
- A short shrill cry or sound, such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge.
- An escape: a close squeak.
- To manage barely to pass, win, or survive: squeaked through the test; squeaks by on a limited income.
Middle English squeken
, perhaps of Scandinavian origin
; akin to Old Norse skvakka
, to croak