groan under the weight of (something)

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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: groan
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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References in classic literature ?
The tables in the great banqueting room groaned under the weight of game of all kinds; of venison from the woods, and fish from the lakes, with hunters' delicacies, such as buffalos' tongues, and beavers' tails, and various luxuries from Montreal, all served up by experienced cooks brought for the purpose.
In recent years, the island, famed for its pristine waters and white sand beaches, has groaned under the weight of tourist arrivals, which have exponentially grown from 428,755 in 2004 to 2,001,974 in 2017.
BRIAN RICE could have done with having Celtic or giants in England on speed dial for loan players this week as Caley Thistle's tight squad groaned under the weight of matches.
To Hear The Skylark's Song A Memoir by Huw Lewis THE counter groaned under the weight of its boxes of Black Jacks, Fruit Salads, Sherbet Fountains, Sweet Cigarettes, and Spanish Gold Sweet Tobacco.
Lamp-posts in the town groaned under the weight of so many grinning candidates.
Behind an ancient wall, apple trees groaned under the weight of their fruit and herbs like thyme and rosemary bloomed alongside rocket, chard and spinach.
Public transport in Rome groaned under the weight of an extra 1.1 million bus and tram passengers and nearly 300,000 extra underground train passengers each day during the week of the funeral.
Tables groaned under the weight of home-made cakes and sandwiches as the WI 'waitresses' nipped about taking orders and pouring tea.
Half an hour later my basket groaned under the weight of eight pairs of trousers, six shirts, two pairs of shorts, 10 pairs of socks and a pack of three pants.
FEW major races have eluded the peerless Sir Michael Stoute, but the great man's sideboard has never groaned under the weight of a St Leger trophy and I have high hopes that he can correct the omission with the lightly raced Alexius next Saturday.
Above them, was a lighting rig laden with spot lamps highlighting the gantry which groaned under the weight of umpteen bottles of vino.