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groan under the weight of (something)

To be in danger of collapsing due to supporting something that is too heavy. Come on, the shelves are practically groaning under the weight of all those book—can't we remove a few of them?
See also: groan, of, weight

groan about (someone or something)

To complain or gripe about someone or something. I turned the thermostat up, so you all can stop groaning about how cold it is in here, thanks. Michael, as long as you have long hair, Grandma is going to groan about it—you better get used to it.
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groan box

slang An accordion. Sorry, I gave all of my change to the guy playing the groan-box in the subway station.
See also: box, groan

groan out

To say something in a low, guttural tone, often with difficulty or in a labored manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "groan" and "out." Luckily, the patient managed to groan her symptoms out before collapsing. He struggled to groan out his address to the 911 dispatcher.
See also: groan, out

groan under (someone or something)

1. Literally, to be in danger of collapsing due to supporting something that is too heavy. Come on, the shelves are practically groaning under the weight of all those book—can't we remove a few of them?
2. To struggle with some sort of burden or difficulty (emotional, psychological, financial, etc.). The average person will certainly groan under these strict new laws. After months of groaning under the weight of depression on my own, I finally started seeing a therapist.
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groan with (something)

To utter a groan for a particular reason (stated after "with"). The patient groaned with discomfort as the doctor examined his injured leg.
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groan about someone or something

to complain about someone or something. What are you groaning about? She is groaning about her work.
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groan something out

to say something with a groan. He groaned the name out. He groaned out the name of his assailant before he passed out.
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groan under something

 
1. Lit. to groan while bearing a heavy burden. He groaned under the weight of the trunk. The rafters groaned under the heavy weight of the pianos.
2. Fig. to suffer under a burden. For years, the people had groaned under the cruel ruler. England groaned under the rule of Cromwell just as he had groaned under King Charles.
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groan with something

to groan because of something, such as pain. She groaned with pain, but no one helped her. I think the old man was groaning with boredom more than anything else.
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groan under the weight of something

(written) used to say that there is a lot or too much of something: The dining table was groaning under the weight of all the food.
The phrase suggests that something such as a table is making a low noise because there is too much weight on it.
See also: groan, of, something, weight

groan box

n. an accordion. (see also (squeeze-)box.) Clare is pretty good on the groan box.
See also: box, groan
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Wald describes the quake as beginning with a low groan that eventually turned into a loud chorus of both long- and short-period shaking.
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The keeper dives, and the shot gets saved, or it drops into the back of the net, the fans sigh or groan on cue, and the game goes on.
When the pensioner let out a groan, the cat jumped off the bed, ran to the living room and flew through the air to pull the alarm cord.
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