squeak

To squeak is to make a high, short sound. Your hungry pet mice squeak for food, and your creaky old wood floors squeak when you walk across them.

A door with rusty hinges will squeak when you open it, and your own voice may squeak when you're nervous. There are also the squeaks that small animals make, and the squeak that means "any communication," like when you don't hear a squeak from your next door neighbor for so long you wonder if he moved away. Informally, to "squeak by" or "squeak through" means to just barely achieve something, by a narrow margin.

Definitions of squeak
  1. verb
    make a high-pitched, screeching noise
    synonyms: creak, screak, screech, skreak, whine
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    type of:
    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  2. noun
    a short high-pitched noise
    “the squeak of shoes on powdery snow”
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  3. noun
    something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
    synonyms: close call, close shave, narrow escape, squeaker
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    type of:
    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
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