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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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
Miss Jenny got his Persian gown upon him, extinguished his eyes crookedly with his Persian cap, and helped him to his bed: upon which he climbed groaning.
Scotland were eliminated once the Irish stunned Germany but Strachan was groaning on Sunday night after hammering Gibraltar.
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?
A MAN who was taken to hospital with head injuries after he was found in the garden of a Merseyside house was earlier heard groaning in pain in a nearby field of nettles.
Female customers got a shock when they discovered the man and woman grunting and groaning on the floor of the toilets at teatime, when the fast food chain was packed with kids, the Mirror reported.
The groaning rising out of these communities from different parts of the world compels us to introspect with suspicion the dominant environmental discourses of our times and to problematize the environmental crisis informed by such groaning.
The tree Wind blowing through the tree Creaking, moaning in the breeze Bare branches No leaves to see Gone now its coat of green The last leaf fell long ago Blown away, covered in snow In its roots Deep underground Away from the groaning sound A memory stirs, from long ago Time to sleep Hibernate The harsh winter to escape Cold winds, bleaching snow Icicles hang from bare boughs Groaning, moaning Sleeping tree Swaying in a winter breeze.
An already groaning shelf, tightly packed with wallets of pictures, would groan even more loudly as I shoe-horned yet another set into their midst.
So stop moaning and groaning and have respect for the service that has been given to you.
For some people, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment stops the groaning which suggests that catathrenia may result from upper airway constriction.
If the grunting and groaning only goes on for a few minutes put a smile on your face and feel happy.
The top two cruise lines serving the region, LATIN TRADE readers say, are two boutique lines that focus not on tables groaning with food and hours of Caribbean sun but on touring Ecuador's environmentally rich Galapagos Islands.
Mustapha puts it this way: ``They left nothing untouched, groaning like wild animals.
There has been a lot of moaning and groaning since Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, but I personally cannot understand how a business can function without appropriate controls and with material weaknesses.
As the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issues ever-more complex and arcane standards, financial executives of nonpublic companies have been groaning under the weight of onerous accounting requirements that often just don't seem to apply for them.