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squealverb [I]

uk   us   /skwiːl/
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 ​vanrounded the ​corner. The two ​children squealed withjoy. informal to ​complain about something ​loudly: The ​threat of ​furtherchanges in the ​educationsystem 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.

squealnoun [C]

uk   us   /skwiːl/
(Definition of squeal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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squealverb

 us   /skwil/
  • squeal verb (MAKE SOUND)

[I/T] to make a ​long, very high ​sound or ​cry: [I] The ​tires squealed as I ​sped away. [T] "This is ​awesome," Mary Lou squealed in her coach’s ​ear.
  • squeal verb (GIVE INFORMATION)

[I] slang to give the ​authoritiesinformation about ​people you ​know who have ​committedcrimes or done something ​wrong: He ​refused to squeal on his ​buddies.

squealnoun [C]

 us   /skwil/
a ​long, very high ​sound or ​cry: She ​collapsed into ​giggles and squeals when her ​sistertickled her.
(Definition of squeal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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