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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.
See also: groan

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

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.
See also: groan, out

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

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.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

groan box

n. an accordion. (see also (squeeze-)box.) Clare is pretty good on the groan box.
See also: box, groan
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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800 Professor who is the source of more puns, quips, and groaners than any other faculty member, now or in the future?
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While his nasty skewerings of Warhol and Clement Greenberg are left out of the show, Francis Bacon Descending a Staircase, 1979, included here, is a flatfooted groaner that lacks Saul's usual visual audacity.
It's mercifully fresher than the old large-to-small fortune groaner and is thus funnier because it resonates so well with anyone who owns an airplane or who has been remotely associated with anyone who has.
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The biggest groaner in the book is Santorum's section on good versus bad culture.
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Doubts about Ian Woosnam's fitness - the old groaner's back has been playing up all week - call for a bet on another European Ryder Cup veteran, Miguel Angel Jimenez.
A groaner of a joke about my coastal Massachusetts town: Q: "What did the Winthrop wife say to her disappointed husband?" A: "Not tonight, dear, I have a haddock," and well she might have.
This may be the real reason why Bing was known to sleep-deprived parents as The Old Groaner. Still, most of us still melt at the title song, handled with velvet gloves by Crosby.
It would be a groaner, this opening, if not for the arch and caustic skepticism of what follows: "Meanwhile the father thought his wife was seeing through him.
"People would like to say I'm a moaner or groaner, but I just don't like losing - if it's on a Saturday or in training," he said.
"Terminal" -- Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers star in Vaughn Stein's lurid, Cronenbergian revenge tale, full of groaner prattle and inaccessible characters.
Arguably the last big-studio Groaner was 1972's Fox/WB co-production "Towering Inferno," though one pundit's classic romance is another's "What the heck?" "Tell the truth," mocked the Philadelphia Daily News in 1990, "when you saw Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore making naughty pottery in 'Ghost,' you weren't thinking of the movie as an Oscar contender."