a narrow squeak


a narrow squeak
a narrow squeak Brit. informal something that is only narrowly achieved.
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  • narrow squeak — noun A narrow escape • • • Main Entry: ↑narrow * * * narrow squeak, Informal. a narrow escape …   Useful english dictionary

  • narrow squeak — n. a success almost not achieved; a lucky or marginal success; a problem almost not surmounted. □ That was a narrow squeak. I don’t know how I survived. □ Another narrow squeak like that and I’ll give up …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • a narrow squeak Brit. — a narrow squeak Brit. informal an escape or victory that is narrowly achieved. → narrow …   English new terms dictionary

  • squeak — [skwēk] vi. [ME squeken, prob. akin to ON skvakka, to gurgle] 1. to make or utter a short, sharp, high pitched sound or cry 2. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] to act as an informer; squeal vt. 1. to utter or produce in a squeak 2. to cause (a door, etc …   English World dictionary

  • squeak — ► NOUN 1) a short, high pitched sound or cry. 2) a single remark or communication: I didn t hear a squeak from him. ► VERB 1) make a squeak. 2) say something in a high pitched tone. 3) informal succeed in achieving something by a very narrow… …   English terms dictionary

  • squeak´ing|ly — squeak «skweek», verb, noun. –v.i. 1. to make a short, sharp, shrill sound: »A mouse squeaks. 2. Informal. to get or pass with difficulty: »The Senate will block it even if it squeaks through the House (Wall Street Journal). 3. Slang. a) to turn… …   Useful english dictionary

  • squeak — n. & v. n. 1 a a short shrill cry as of a mouse. b a slight high pitched sound as of an unoiled hinge. 2 (also narrow squeak) a narrow escape, a success barely attained. v. 1 intr. make a squeak. 2 tr. utter (words) shrilly. 3 intr. (foll. by by …   Useful english dictionary

  • narrow — 1 adjective 1 NOT WIDE not wide, especially in comparison with length or with what is usual: a narrow winding valley | a long narrow room | There are plans to widen the narrowest sections of the road. compare broad 1 (1) opposite wide 1 (1) 2… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • narrow — adj., n., & v. adj. (narrower, narrowest) 1 a of small width in proportion to length; lacking breadth. b confined or confining; constricted (within narrow bounds). 2 of limited scope; restricted (in the narrowest sense). 3 with little margin (a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • squeak — /skwik / (say skweek) noun 1. a short, sharp, shrill cry; a sharp, high pitched sound. 2. Also, narrow squeak. Colloquial an escape or avoidance only just achieved. –verb (i) 3. to utter or emit a squeak or squeaky sound. 4. Colloquial to confess …   Australian English dictionary