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screech

verb [I] uk   /skriːtʃ/ us  
to make an unpleasant, loud, high noise: She was screeching at him at the top of her voice. He was screeching with pain/laughter. [+ speech] "Don't you dare touch me!" she screeched. The car screeched to a halt/standstill (= stopped very suddenly, making a loud high noise). figurative The economic recovery is likely to screech to a halt/standstill (= stop very suddenly) if taxes are increased.

screech

noun [C] uk   /skriːtʃ/ us  
a long, loud, high noise that is unpleasant to hear: He let out a loud screech. The truck stopped with a screech of brakes.
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