squeaker

[skwee-ker]
noun
1.
a person or thing that squeaks.
2.
Informal. a contest or game won by a very small margin.
3.
Informal. a dangerous situation.

Origin:
1635–45; squeak + -er1

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squeak (skwiːk)
 
n
1.  a short shrill cry or high-pitched sound
2.  informal an escape (esp in the phrases narrow squeak, near squeak)
 
vb
3.  to make or cause to make a squeak
4.  (intr; usually foll by through or by) to pass with only a narrow margin: to squeak through an examination
5.  informal (intr) to confess information about oneself or another
6.  (tr) to utter with a squeak
 
[C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish skväka to croak]
 
'squeaker
 
n
 
'squeaky
 
adj
 
'squeakily
 
adv
 
'squeakiness
 
n

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Example sentences
Her victory was a squeaker, and the morning after, the naysayers began predicting her demise after one term.
The handle, which is bulbous or round, has a white plastic squeaker on the end.
The product is an animal shaped squeeze toy with a handle and a built in squeaker.
The stuffed stars on the ends of the antennae contain a squeaker and a rattle.
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