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.

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Their closest final score was a 45-23 squeaker over Texas A&M in September. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Please: Somebody Give Alabama a Game!," 29 Nov. 2018 His most recent victory, a squeaker by 926 votes, wasn’t called until two weeks past Election Day. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "Lessons From a Republican Survivor," 4 Jan. 2019 The Wolverines did play their A game in the semifinals against nemesis North Branford, which had handed them their only regular-season loss in a 2-1 squeaker less than a month before. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Griswold State Class M Softball Runnerup," 11 June 2018 White won by less than 12,000 votes — not a squeaker but still far from a landslide. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "MLK was dead. Cities were burning. Could James Brown keep Boston from erupting, too?," 5 Apr. 2018 Especially the young squeakers that are covered with pin-feathers. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Sandhill cranes make their annual short and noisy Interior Alaska stopover," 7 May 2018 Bush and McCain The 2000 presidential election between Bush and Gore was a historic squeaker. azcentral, "John McCain's 2000 presidential run saw challenges, 'ugly' politics," 2 Apr. 2018 Then Kansas State pulled off an unexpected squeaker in the Sweet 16, beating No. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Loyola-Chicago Is No Longer the Underdog," 23 Mar. 2018 With the Lamb triumph—a squeaker, to be sure—there is a sliver of light, a breath of hope. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "After a Long Night, Conor Lamb Declares Victory in the Pennsylvania Special Election," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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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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