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groan under the weight of (something)

To be in danger of collapsing due to supporting someone or something that is too heavy. Come on, the shelves are practically groaning under the weight of all those book—can't we remove a few of them?
See also: groan, of, weight

groan about someone or something

to complain about someone or something. What are you groaning about? She is groaning about her work.
See also: groan

groan something out

to say something with a groan. He groaned the name out. He groaned out the name of his assailant before he passed out.
See also: groan, out

groan under something

1. Lit. to groan while bearing a heavy burden. He groaned under the weight of the trunk. The rafters groaned under the heavy weight of the pianos.
2. Fig. to suffer under a burden. For years, the people had groaned under the cruel ruler. England groaned under the rule of Cromwell just as he had groaned under King Charles.
See also: groan

groan with something

to groan because of something, such as pain. She groaned with pain, but no one helped her. I think the old man was groaning with boredom more than anything else.
See also: groan

groan under the weight of something

(written) used to say that there is a lot or too much of something: The dining table was groaning under the weight of all the food.
The phrase suggests that something such as a table is making a low noise because there is too much weight on it.
See also: groan, of, something, weight

groan box

n. an accordion. (see also (squeeze-)box.) Clare is pretty good on the groan box.
See also: box, groan
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Gosh, I didn't even know the old groaner was still alive.
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Old groaner Victor Meldrew won't be grumbling for once - even though he's going without his grub for a whole hungry 24 hours
Though the song is not sung in English, a groaner keeps interjecting the words "money, money, money.
He started his presentation with a groaner of a joke.
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You would think being "named and shamed" by the Lords' privileges watchdog would shut the old groaner up.
Inside there was a flimsy paper hat, a groaner of a joke and a shower buffer.
Seems the grunt and groaner has decided the role's beneath him, now that he's carved out a Hollywood career of his own.
While it was our old friend Anon who came up with the groaner of a pun: "Better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall.
Tannis Burnett as Alice is a hoot as her groaner laugh lines inspire in every family member a dread-induced rictus and the rote, ``Oh, Alice
CONCERT: Old groaner Van Morrison and the less flamboyant Bill Wyman will be guests of honour at jazz icon Chris Barber's 75th birthday bash show at the Summer Pops tonight.