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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!"
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nothing to complain about

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, nothing to complain about."
See also: complain, nothing

complain about (someone or something)

To voice one's annoyance or displeasure with someone or something. Oh boy, which dead president is grandpa complaining about today? If you hate your job so much, quit complaining about it and look for a new one!
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complain of (something)

To state the physical ailments or symptoms of illness that one is experiencing. The appendicitis patient came into the ER complaining of stomach pain.
See also: complain, of

complain to (someone or something)

To voice one's annoyance or displeasure to someone or something. If you hate your job so much, quit complaining to me about it and look for a new one! If we complain to the school board, I'm sure we can get this decision overturned.
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complain about someone or something

to protest someone or something; to grouch about someone or something. Oh, stop complaining about the weather. You are always complaining about me.
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complain of something

to moan and suffer from a disease; to report the symptoms of a disease or health condition. Kenneth complained of a headache and general weakness. The patient was complaining of a headache.
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complain to someone

to grouch or protest to someone. Don't complain to me. I will complain to the manager.
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(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]
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Akbar Hussain complained of the independent monitors raids on school and reporting absence of watchmen while they have had completed their duty hours already.
Clients complained of not being able to conduct ATM and Internet transactions.
2 A woman complained that she had no window in her inside cabin and demanded that someone come and 'install' one for her.
The Iranian Football Federation has bitterly complained about the Thai treatment of the Iranian team in a letter to the Asian Football Confederation.
The same people who complained that we haven't had nice weather the last few summers and who complained it was too hot when we finally had great weather.
Then there was a man who complained about not getting "an impressive tan" and being unable to swim in the pool each day while on a trip around Alaska.
I had the same attitude from the council when I complained about the standard of inspections on the conditions of the roads, large holes are being left and small ones filled.
She complained she was forced to resign for a number of reasons, including the disabled toilet being used as a meeting room to discuss her work targets.
Talking to this news agency here on Thursday the residents of Chaklala scheme-3, Dhok Chiragh Deen, Purani Tahli Mohry, Ghousia chowk, Dhary Hassanabad, Lala Aar, Tulsa chowk, Chamanzar, Gulshan Safi Chongi number 22 and Harley street complained that heaps of garbage are causing different diseases amongst the residents of the area.
Nationally the figures show last year 33,854 people complained about the police in England and Wales - an eight per cent increase on last year.
Last year more than 400 parents complained directly to the department, and 160 more complained during the first four months of this year.
TAXPAYER-backed Lloyds BankingGroupwerethemost complained about financial services company during the second half of 2009, figures showed yesterday.
Around 30% of men complained about their partner using their toothbrush, over half complained that their partner leaves their wet towels on the floor and 80% of men complained that she uses his razor to shave her legs.
She said: "I was at a dinner party when someone happened to mention that they had complained to some company and I mentioned we often complained.
While 37% of those affected raised complaints face to face, 15% resorted to calling the police and 51% complained to their local council, property management company or landlord.