complain of (something)

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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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Leonard Upjohn came to him, while he was making himself a cup of tea in the kitchen, and said that Cronshaw was complaining of Philip's insistence that he should have a doctor.
She said they all ate grilled fish and macaroni salad before they started complaining of pain.
For the average patient complaining of allergies, the initial treatment can include the stronger dilutions of antigen.
He was last seen on July 11 complaining of abdominal pains, losing weight, and being off his food.
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.
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 bad sent to the superintendent complaining of his loss of commissary privileges, because the right to complain to prison administrators was not clearly established.