groan

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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 box

n. an accordion. (see also (squeeze-)box.) Clare is pretty good on the groan box.
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References in classic literature ?
The groans ceased and the pain vanished from the toe.
This was lucky; he was about to begin to groan, as a "starter," as he called it, when it occurred to him that if he came into court with that argument, his aunt would pull it out, and that would hurt.
This course worked well, and Tom began to groan again.
And with the wand of ivory she pointed to the gates of ivory, through which came light and laughter, and with the wand of ebony she pointed to the gates of coal, through which came blackness and groans.
The cries died away in groans, and next morning, as soon as Vasilio's wife could muster up courage to venture abroad, she caused the door of our dwelling to be opened by the public authorities, when Assunta, although dreadfully burnt, was found still breathing; every drawer and closet in the house had been forced open, and the money stolen.
Overhead I could accurately distinguish every movement of the jeweller, who, after making the best arrangements in his power for passing a comfortable night, threw himself on his bed, and I could hear it creak and groan beneath his weight.
A burst of laughter was the answer, but finished with a groan.
And scarcely had Cornelius made his appearance than a fierce groan ran through the whole street, spreading all over the yard, and re-echoing from the streets which led to the scaffold, and which were likewise crowded with spectators.
I have to groan heartrendingly in one of them, and it's really hard to get up a good artistic groan, Marilla.
Not a shriek, not a scream, Scarcely even a howl or a groan, As the man they called "Ho
Covering my face with both hands, I emitted a deep and deathlike groan, as if my tormented soul were rending me asunder--I, the most exquisitely fastidious of men, and whose wife was to have been the most delicate and refined of women, with all the fresh dew-drops glittering on her virgin rosebud of a heart!
For every sound that floats From the rust within their throats Is a groan.
When she had finished her meal, and was about to go back to the road of yellow brick, she was startled to hear a deep groan near by.
Just then another groan reached their ears, and the sound seemed to come from behind them.
Stiggins something to groan for, but he repressed his inclination, and merely asked, 'What's the old 'un up to now?