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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
References in classic literature ?
He took a rest and then swelled himself up and fetched a succession of admirable groans.
Tom was suffering in reality, now, so handsomely was his imagination working, and so his groans had gathered quite a genuine tone.
The groans ceased and the pain vanished from the toe.
and old Uncle Silas, poor thing, he give a groan right
A cry more prolonged than the others and ending in a series of groans effectually roused me from my drowsy lethargy.
The cries died away in groans, and next morning, as soon as Vasilio's wife could muster up courage to venture abroad, she caused the door of our dwelling to be opened by the public authorities, when Assunta, although dreadfully burnt, was found still breathing; every drawer and closet in the house had been forced open, and the money stolen.
Just then another groan reached their ears, and the sound seemed to come from behind them.
In the midst of these threats, groans, and yells, Cornelius, very likely in order not to hear them, had buried himself in his own thoughts.
You are simply good for nothing just now with your head stuffed full of dialogues and groans and tableaus.
And with the wand of ivory she pointed to the gates of ivory, through which came light and laughter, and with the wand of ebony she pointed to the gates of coal, through which came blackness and groans.
He smelt the awful odor, saw the dirt, disorder, and miserable condition, and heard the groans, and felt that nothing could be done to help.
They found that the esophageal pressure slowly decreased with each groan, indicating that the respiratory muscles are not activated during the production of sound.
Filled with a cast of off-center characters and lopsided shenanigans, readers will blunder along with Gape, Groan and Gordo as they meet their adventures "head" on, becoming unlikely heroes in the process.
The task of faith is to use one's belief to dare to look injustice in the eye, gradually learn to confront one's own peculiar set of fears, get down to the level of one's own inchoate groaning, and, in a process of discernment carried out in dialogue with and accountable to others who share one's commitment, articulate that groan into a question and a project that is bigger than one's own life.
Groan all you like, we've all just got to get on with it.