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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Watch the One person said: "I heard a man groaning in the distance over the back of the house fence where there is a field.
The outraged woman said her daughter then went herself and told her that they were at it on the floor and all you could hear was the man groaning and grunting away.
The pathos and the groaning of creation are, hence, the locus of theological reflections on Christian witnessing in the milieu of climate refugees.
A groaning shelf in the clouds, not in the bedroom, with limitless capacity.
Interestingly, there is no respiratory effort during the production of the groaning noise and no oxygen desaturation occurs despite the slower breathing rate.
As you can imagine, there was a lot of groaning and booing in the audience during the debate, but I think when the encounter is aired on C-SPAN, objective viewers will find that the hyperbole and hysterics if her doll exhibits this behavior).
Paul's vision is that everything in creation is groaning (Rom.
The officers said that they heard the arrestee groaning on the way to the police station and therefore believed he was still breathing.
It's such a theatrically induced miracle--spitting, groaning heavenward, sticking fingers in ears, and the cry, "Be opened
On the groaning shelf of works that decry the decline of civil society in America, Michael Schudson's new book is welcome relief.
The World, the Church, and the Groaning of the Spirit" is an exposition of Romans 8:17-27.
We celebrate all of reality, including the moments worth groaning about," remarked Bob Boden, SVP of Programming.
Then again, the grunting and groaning is to be expected - which woman doesn't react that way when she sees another woman in virtually the same outfit?
And there's been a fair amount of groaning this past week from the SNP.
The Groaning of Creation; God, Evolution and the Problem of Evil.