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squeaky bum time



Attributed to Sir Alex Ferguson, famed Scottish association football manager and former player referencing the sound made by moving around in a plastic seat while squirming under pressure.


squeaky bum time (uncountable)

  1. (informal, chiefly Britain) An exciting part of a sporting event, particularly the final moments of a close game or season.
    • 2003 March 18, “Fergie just can't stop playing his mind games”, in Daily Express, page 62:
      "It's getting tickly now - squeaky-bum time, I call it."