a/the squeaky wheel gets the grease/oil


used to say that someone who complains or causes problems is more likely to receive attention or help than someone who stays quiet and does not cause problems

Examples of a/the squeaky wheel gets the grease/oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Silence is golden, talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words; but the squeaky wheel gets the grease and a word to the wise is sufficient. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 But the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the activist class is the one making noise. Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021

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“A/the squeaky wheel gets the grease/oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%2Fthe%20squeaky%20wheel%20gets%20the%20grease%2Foil. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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