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    • Join Date: Aug 2006
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    Cool pips squeak

    " At that time Mrs. thatcher was under pressure to reverse her economic policies with inflation soaring above ten percent and unemployment touching 3 million, even the pips had started squeaking." What does the phrase/idiom in bold mean?

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: pips squeak

    It comes from the idea that a piece of fruit [such as an orange] has been squeezed so dry that the pips in the fruit rub against each other and squeak.

    This extract is saying that things had become very difficult in Britain.

    • Join Date: Jun 2007
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    Re: pips squeak

    A "pipsqueak" means "one that is small or insignificant." So the writer is making a play on words as well.


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