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squeak  audio  (skwk) KEY 

VERB:
squeaked, squeak·ing, squeaks
VERB:
intr.
  1. To give forth a short, shrill cry or sound.
  2. Slang To turn informer.
VERB:
tr.
To utter in a thin, shrill voice.
NOUN:
  1. A short shrill cry or sound, such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge.
  2. An escape: a close squeak.

PHRASAL VERB:
squeak through or by
To manage barely to pass, win, or survive: squeaked through the test; squeaks by on a limited income.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English squeken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skvakka, to croak


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