groan with

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 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.
See also: groan
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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2) "James Lee Burke is walking along the familiar, humid paths lining the bayou, deep in the smothering confines of southern Louisiana, not far from the small city where almost every narrow alley and turn-of-the century building groan with some bit of history left behind by long-gone members of his family.
The alleys and buildings "groan with some bit of history": It's absurd to use groan with a bit; groan suggests considerable weight.