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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.
See also: complain, of

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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It is high time for us to have our say before decisions are made, rather than complaining about policies after they are foisted upon us.
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A study of attitudes to complaining about poor service has been compiled by Hillarys Blinds, which employs 300 staff in Washington.
The British have traditionally been bad at complaining, but recent statistics show that we're more prepared to speak out.
Complaining gives them a platform and makes them the center of attention.
99), consumers "[feel complaining is] too time consuming, believe that nothing will come of it, do not know how or where to complain, or believe the amount is too small or the issue too trivial.
If the complaining shareholder prevails in the action to dissolve the corporation, the remaining shareholders, or the corporation, may purchase the complaining shareholder's shares under CCC Sec.
SCOTS need to ditch the "nice" image and start complaining if they are to stop shoddy service.
The court found that the jail superintendent was entitled to qualified immunity from liability for his decision to have the pretrial detainee shackled when outside of his cell based on the wording of the note that the detainee had sent to the superintendent complaining of his loss of commissary privileges, because the right to complain to prison administrators was not clearly established.
As the result of numerous complaints that surfaced at the 1993 Conference, "Working Together" committees were established to focus on problems in three major areas: (1) timeliness of the audit process; (2) practitioner concerns regarding the consequences of complaining about an IRS agents conduct to his manager; and (3) awareness of the standards of conduct contained in Circular 230.
The dominant theory of complaining suggests that those who complain have self focus (being aware of one's internal state); an awareness of a discrepancy; dissatisfaction; and an assessment of the usefulness of complaining.
How will complaining to people who have no say in making the rules help our cause or our patients' well-being?
It seems that almost everyone is complaining about the quality of news-media coverage of religion.