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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.
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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.
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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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The uniformed officer and his working partner are understood to have been driving the "diary car" - a vehicle reserved for appointments with complainers of crime.
She said: "The complainer and his partner had been out for the evening having had a few drinks.
The accused reached inside his jacket and pulled out a cricket bat and struck the complainer once on the top of the head.
In addition to being detained and interviewed, the complainer had DNA taken and was medically examined by a doctor.
Sentencing McQuillian, Sheriff Margaret Liddell said: "In view of the fact that you have taken up on good terms with the complainer I will admonish you.
The accused then walked towards the complainer again, put his head to his head and then pushed with his head.
Prosecutor Natalie Henderson told Hamilton Sheriff Court: "It went directly into the face of the complainer, who was standing three feet away.
He opened the door and observed the accused holding the complainer by the throat until the complainer collapsed to the ground.
It quite simply showed that what she was telling police did not add up the complainer had not entered the area.
Mr Artis said: "The accused punched the complainer a couple of times on the face and then grabbed him from behind.
Fiscal depute Tom Bowman told the court: "The complainer returned to her home at the locus after being out shopping with her one-year-old child.
Fiscal depute Susan Ruta said: "The complainer was in pain and backed off from the accused.
She had transferred to the Vice Squad and was called in to appease a persistent complainer who reckoned a neighbouring house was being used as a brothel.
When Devon White brought problems to management in years past, he was labeled a complainer.