Pip squeak was a type of German shell fired from a small trench gun. The word was often used by young officers in semi-official and official documents until and order was issued condemning its employment. Also, reference to a small or objectionable person.
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.224.
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