squeaky bum time

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Etymology[edit]

From the sound made from squirming or moving forward and back in one's seat while watching an exciting sporting event. Attributed to Sir Alex Ferguson, famed Scottish football manager and former player.

Noun[edit]

squeaky bum time

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