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whine about someone or something

to whimper or complain about someone or something. Please don't whine about Sally. She is sorry she couldn't come to your party, but it's not the end of the world. The dog is whining about its hurt paw.
See also: whine

whine something out

to say something in a whine; to say something, using a whine for a voice. She whined her complaint out so everyone could hear it. Jake whined out his usual complaints.
See also: out, whine
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He ate his food, and he killed his rats for the next three weeks, and when he began to whine I had only to say "Stanley--Kasauli; Kasauli--Stanley," to wake him up.
The dog sniffed round for an instant, and then with a shrill whine of excitement started off down the street, tugging at his leash in his efforts to go faster.
Tarzan and Numa heard her coming, for she voiced a plaintive and questioning whine as the baffling mixture of odors aroused her curiosity and her fears, for lions, however terrible they may appear, are often timid animals and Sabor, being of the gentler sex, was, naturally, habitually inquisitive as well.
Suddenly the lioness gave vent to another little whine, at which Tarzan's lion voiced a terrific roar and leaped forward straight toward the beast of the black mane.
Nobs braced himself with all four feet to keep from slipping into the scuppers and looked up into my face with a questioning whine.
Finally, with a little whine, he laid three down with trembling fingers and snatched at the three which Trent handed him.
At sight of big Mister Haggin deserting him and being pulled away in the whaleboat, Jerry wriggled and voiced his anxiety in a low, whimpering whine.
Dogs asleep in the sun often whined and barked, but they were unable to tell what they saw that made them whine and bark.
wailed Button-Bright again; and Toto began to whine dismally, as if he didn't want to be soup, either.
When I started to leave, he dropped back into his whine.
Quicker, however, than the breeze, the withered, sallow arms of the beggars were thrust in, accompanied by the eternal whine of "Miserabili, miserabili, excellenza
Buck simply smothered him by virtue of superior weight, and cut him up till he ceased snapping and began to whine for mercy.
Be ready to mind the signal, when you hear a whine from old Hector.
The hound caught the well-known sounds, and answered by a whine of friendship, which threatened to break out into one of his piercing howls.
One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick with his teeth.