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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.
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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 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.
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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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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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Christians live in a world of sharp contrasts: inwardly groaning while enjoying the first-fruits of the Spirit.
Groaning that lacks this faith soon turns into grumbling, for we feel alone and defeated in the world.
The outraged woman said her daughter then went herself and told her that they were at it on the floor and all you could hear was the man groaning and grunting away.
The pathos and the groaning of creation are, hence, the locus of theological reflections on Christian witnessing in the milieu of climate refugees.
Interestingly, there is no respiratory effort during the production of the groaning noise and no oxygen desaturation occurs despite the slower breathing rate.
This "ecclesiology of groaning" (as I shall call it) resists formal systematization and idealization precisely because it emerges from the revelatory dynamism of the Word itself, whose mission, for Augustine, crucially includes embodiment in the sullied, vulnerable flesh.
As the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issues ever-more complex and arcane standards, financial executives of nonpublic companies have been groaning under the weight of onerous accounting requirements that often just don't seem to apply for them.
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Paul's vision is that everything in creation is groaning (Rom.
The officers said that they heard the arrestee groaning on the way to the police station and therefore believed he was still breathing.
It's such a theatrically induced miracle--spitting, groaning heavenward, sticking fingers in ears, and the cry, "Be opened!"--so Hollywood, you'd think Jesus might have blushed a little in the execution of it.
On the groaning shelf of works that decry the decline of civil society in America, Michael Schudson's new book is welcome relief.
Most of all, she probes the unity of our brokenness and the cosmos' groaning for redemption.
Don't all start groaning when you see that BBC have again got their hands on the Masters.
We're not sure if it only took one judge or dozens of them moaning and groaning about their lack of space to get things moving, but sure 'nuf, our Jay Street Sleuths say Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has given the nod to a long approved plan to provide Brooklyn magistrates with more fortifications, provided the Mayor "gets to cut the ribbon,, before he cuts out of town.