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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
References in classic literature ?
A cool breath from the snows met us about five miles out of Kalka, and she whined for her coat, wisely fearing a chill on the liver.
Old Laska, who had not yet fully digested her delight at his return, and had run out into the yard to bark, came back wagging her tail, and crept up to him, bringing in the scent of fresh air, put her head under his hand, and whined plaintively, asking to be stroked.
I suspect she whined and eventually a goose came over, was shot and she got to retrieve.
1 : to make a high-pitched troubled cry or a similar sound The saw whined through knots in the wood.
With each prosaic line, one can picture where the performer screamed with arms flailing, whined, faked a tear or came to a resolution.
Hired as a night rewrite person, I whined that I didn't have enough time to report any features.