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 For the 44-16 Jazz , half the home losses have come to the Wolves, who bet them in a squeaker in the second game of the season. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves overcome porous start to knock off Utah 101-96," 24 Apr. 2021 The Longhorns’ run through the Big 12 tournament started with a 67-66 squeaker over Texas Tech. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska basketball players Kamaka Hepa and Matt Hobbs head to NCAA Tournament," 15 Mar. 2021 Robust because Biden defeated Trump by more than 7 million votes, about 4.5% of the record-setting 158 million cast — no landslide, but hardly a squeaker. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "What could Trump have done to produce a different election outcome?," 15 Dec. 2020 But Trump's win looks like a squeaker compared to Biden's when considering the popular vote. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "How Joe Biden flipped the electoral map and won the presidency with room to spare," 7 Nov. 2020 Nevertheless, Trump welcomed Duda in July as the first world leader to visit the White House following the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic, giving his reelection campaign a boost just days before the squeaker of a vote. Washington Post, "The world’s populists are losing their White House ally, but global Trumpism is far from over," 8 Nov. 2020 Joseph Biden appears as of this writing to have won a squeaker, with a couple hundred thousand votes in just three or four critical states making the difference. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Trumpism's next act," 5 Nov. 2020 The Firebirds had just lost a Greater Miami Conference squeaker to Mason 3-2, then were thoroughly outplayed by the Cougars who would go on to take the No. 1 ranking in the city. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Lakota West gains revenge on MND in girls soccer to move to regional final," 4 Nov. 2020 The Suns only won once – 112-110 squeaker at Sacramento – in those five games Ayton was out. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Inconsistencies aside, Deandre Ayton could be ultimate difference maker for Phoenix Suns," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of squeaker

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 May 2021

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“Squeaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeaker. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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