squeaker

noun

squeak·​er ˈskwē-kər How to pronounce squeaker (audio)
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 is not to say Mayorkas is undeserving of the impeachment that House Republicans approved on Tuesday — only after losing a similar, party-line squeaker last week in a fit of incompetent vote-counting. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 17 Feb. 2024 Hillary Clinton eked out a squeaker victory in the 2016 presidential race, besting Donald Trump by less than 1 point. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 22 Jan. 2024 The lightly padded mat has a woodland theme that includes a range of sensory opportunities, including hidden items, crinkly aspects, a squeaker and wooden teething ring, all with high contrast graphics. Taryn Mohrman, wsj.com, 8 Dec. 2023 Earlier in the night, the Bourques beat the Mullens in a squeaker, 5-4, with Team Joey failing to convert a rare pair of penalty shots, the second of which was assessed when the referee slapped a technical on the Team Bourque player for arguing the initial call. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2023 Overcoming initial military resistance Instead, Truman won the 1948 presidential election in a squeaker while making significant progress on civil rights issues. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 His tenure as Britain’s longest-serving post-World War II ambassador to Washington would encompass Mr. Clinton’s impeachment, Mr. Bush’s squeaker victory in 2000, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the invasion of Afghanistan and the prelude to the war in Iraq. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2022 Yes, the dog toys are missing the wireless capabilities, USB ports, and RGB lighting that we might be used to, but their soft texture and loud squeakers more than make up for it. Zackery Cuevas, PCMAG, 4 Apr. 2023 In the Milwaukee suburbs, Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin lost a squeaker of a state Senate election to state Representative Dan Knodl. Jess Bidgood, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of squeaker was in 1641

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“Squeaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeaker. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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