squeaker

noun
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 What had been forecast as a comfortable victory for Joe Biden ended up a squeaker in the Electoral College, with Biden prevailing by superthin margins in crucial swing states where polls had exaggerated his advantage. Wired, 16 July 2022 The float also offers toys babies can touch and activate, including a squeaker, rattle, stacking rings, giant octopus, and a soft star. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 After that loss, and a squeaker for Democrats in a New Jersey governor's race animated by many of the same issues, the landscape changed. Mary Katharine Ham, CNN, 12 May 2022 North Carolina State edges back up to No. 3, while Louisville slips to fourth after dropping a one-point road squeaker at No. 18 North Carolina earlier in the week. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2022 Cornell has won the past two meetings, including a 17-16 squeaker on March 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 4 Mar. 2022 But the mere fact that a clear Adams plurality on Election Day is going to end as a squeaker should raise eyebrows. Noah Millman, The Week, 29 June 2021 Bucs improved to 3-0 on the young basketball season with a 74-59 win over Ramsay and an overtime squeaker at Huffman, 63-58. Al.com Reports, al, 19 Nov. 2021 In Ward 2 Incumbent Dennis McBride won a squeaker with 51 percent of the vote (362 votes) against Mark Pesta with 49 percent (346 votes)—a total of 708 votes. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of squeaker

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of squeaker was in 1641

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Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

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“Squeaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeaker. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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