can't complain

can't complain

Things are fine. A casual response to questions like "How are you?" or "How've you been?" A: "Hey, Pat, how are you?" B: "Ah, can't complain!"
See also: complain

(I) can't complain. and (I have) nothing to complain about.

Inf. a response to a greeting inquiry asking how one is or how things are going for one. Sue: How are things going? Mary: I can't complain. Mary: Hi, Fred! How are you doing? Fred: Nothing to complain about.
See also: and, complain, nothing

can't complain

Used as a response meaning fairly good or well, to questions such as "How are you?" or "How is business?" For example, How've you been?-Can't complain. This term means that nothing serious is wrong. [Mid-1800s]
See also: complain

can't complain

Pretty good, in response to “How are things going?” This very modern-sounding phrase, which means one has nothing genuine to complain about (or at least will not admit it), comes from mid-nineteenth-century Britain. Eric Partridge cites an early example, R. S. Surtees’s Hawbuck Grange (1847), in which one character observes that time is passing lightly over another, who replies, “Middling—can’t complain.” Today it is a frequent response to inquiries about a business. See also fair to middling.
See also: complain
References in classic literature ?
"I wish it was," said I; "but I can't complain; it's saved my life." And I looked at Santos, standing dignified and alert, my still smoking pistol in his hand.
'Can't complain and I'm thankful to God for protecting me still.
Martin Farrow 'You can't complain if you don't use your vote' and 'Men died to give us the vote'.
Two thirds for us which we certainly can't complain about in this fleet.'
But frankly, they can't complain after the dream path they had to winning the 1991 competition.
We can debate whether a "sensible cap" is 25, 20, or 30 patients per day, but we can't complain GPs push folk out of surgeries, then demand they handle dozens of cases.
Can't complain with a 'significant' amount of money either!
"I have been back training for two months but the boys have been doing really well so I can't complain.
Benitez said: "You can't complain about the work rate of our players.
Mind, haven't been there for 25 years so can't complain.
"I didn't execute the race as well as I could have done but I can't complain with the silver medal."
You can't complain about the missing button as you were made aware of that prior to purchase.
First paying job, mouths to feed, you can't complain.
I was in Barcelona, I saw 5000 kids holding up banners saying "nothing is impossible" and I just thought, 'I can't complain about life when there are so many kids who are into this music I'm making.
We can't argue, were better on the We can't complain, weren't enough David "When you lose one goal you're saying, 'Calm down, it's not the end of the earth', but unfortunately we conceded by giving a really poor second goal away."
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