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The squeaking wheel gets the most grease

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April 6th, 2009

This phrase comes from the poem "The Kicker" by 19th-century humorist Josh Billings (in the 1800s, kicker was another word for complainer). Billings wrote: "I hate to be a kicker, I always long for peace, But the wheel that does the squeaking, Is the one that gets the grease." In other words, you'll get what you want if you make a fuss. You get a table faster in that restaurant if you make a stink about the wait time. You know how it goes. The squeaking wheel gets the most grease.

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