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squeal

verb [I] uk   /skwiːl/ us  
to make a long, very high sound or cry: We could hear the piglets squealing as we entered the farmyard. The brakes squealed as the van rounded the corner. The two children squealed with joy. informal to complain about something loudly: The threat of further changes in the education system is making teachers squeal. slang disapproving to give information to the police about people you know who have committed a crime: When he finds out who squealed on him, he's going to make them very sorry.

squeal

noun [C] uk   /skwiːl/ us  
a long, very high sound or cry: Erik collapsed into giggles and squeals as Penny began tickling him. The train ground to a halt with a squeal of brakes.
(Definition of squeal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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