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squeaking


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Squeak  \Squeak\,  v.  i.  [imp.&  p.  p.  {Squaked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Squeaking}.]  [Probably  of  imitative  origin;  cf  Sw 
  sqv["a]ka  to  croak,  Icel.  skvakka  to  give  a  sound  as  of  water 
  shaken  in  a  bottle.] 
  1.  To  utter  a  sharp,  shrill  cry,  usually  of  short  duration; 
  to  cry  with  an  acute  tone,  as  an  animal;  or  to  make  a 
  sharp,  disagreeable  noise,  as  a  pipe  or  quill,  a  wagon 
  wheel,  a  door;  to  creak. 
 
  Who  can  endure  to  hear  one  of  the  rough  old  Romans 
  squeaking  through  the  mouth  of  an  eunuch?  --Addison. 
 
  Zoilus  calls  the  companions  of  Ulysses  the 
  ``squeaking  pigs''  of  Homer.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  To  break  silence  or  secrecy  for  fear  of  pain  or 
  punishment;  to  speak;  to  confess.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  squeaking 
  adj  :  having  or  making  a  high-pitched  sound  such  as  that  made  by  a 
  mouse  or  a  rusty  hinge  [syn:  {screaky},  {screechy},  {squeaky}, 
  {squealing}] 




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