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Definition of squeal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squeal
    he / she / it squeals
    past simple squealed
    -ing form squealing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make a long high sound The pigs were squealing. The car squealed to a halt. Children were running around squealing with excitement.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (+ speech) to speak in a very high voice, especially when you are excited or nervous “Don't!” she squealed.
  3. 3[intransitive] squeal (on somebody) (informal) (disapproving) to give information, especially to the police, about something illegal that someone has done Someone must have squealed on him.
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