squeak·​er | \ ˈskwē-kər How to pronounce squeaker (audio) \

Definition of squeaker

1 : one that squeaks
2 : a contest (such as a game or an election) won by a small margin

Examples of squeaker in a Sentence

They won in a 10–9 squeaker.
Recent Examples on the Web This three-pack of woodland creature-themed toys is sure to be a hit with dogs who are enthusiastic about squeakers. Sam Lauron, PEOPLE.com, "9 Top-Rated Dog Toys to Keep Your Pup Occupied and Entertained at Home," 14 May 2020 But then Democrats won four of the six elections before Trump’s 2016 squeaker, with an average yield of 327 electoral votes to 211 for the GOP. John A. Farrell, The New Republic, "TNR Newsletters. Must reads. 5 days a week.," 16 Apr. 2020 In the adjacent counties of Kenton and Campbell — places Bevin had won handily in 2015 and Trump had carried by 25 points a year later — the Democrat, Andy Beshear, flipped them en route to a 5,000-vote squeaker of a statewide victory. Washington Post, "A pact with Trump on impeachment? McConnell’s Kentucky backers demand it.," 13 Jan. 2020 Georgetown was the top seed in the East Region and survived a 50–49 squeaker against Princeton. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Has a 16 Seed Ever Beaten a 1 Seed?," 15 Mar. 2018 With an emphatic victory in Saturday's Nevada caucuses, Sanders has won two of the first three contests, and lost the third - the Iowa caucuses - in a squeaker. Author: Mike Debonis, Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "Down-ballot Democrats move to distance themselves from Sanders," 23 Feb. 2020 The state, instead, went to Biden in another squeaker of a contest. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden wins Maine over New Englander Bernie Sanders," 4 Mar. 2020 But in three subsequent meetings, the Mavs took all three, though two were squeakers. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Mavs football program energized by new opponents, new opportunities," 13 Feb. 2020 The Seawolves, losers of two of their previous three games with their only win a two-point squeaker, got back on track with a 96-57 romp over Saint Martin’s. Anchorage Daily News, "Complete domination for UAA men’s basketball team in 96-57 win over Saint Martin’s," 5 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of squeaker

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Squeaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeaker. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of squeaker

informal : a contest (such as a game or an election) that is won by only a small amount

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