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?
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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.
See also: groan

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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It's Christmas Eve, and our hearts, like our Noche Buena tables groaning under the weight of Christmas traditions, is full to bursting with warm wishes for all.
Obviously, if the car is groaning under the weight of seven people and their baggage, that figure will drop.
LIVERPOOL'S autumn theatre programme is now in full swing, with the city's stages groaning under the weight of must-see productions and famous faces, writes Catherine Jones.
But you don't have to travel to the countryside, or have neighbours with trees groaning under the weight of superfluous apples, to have that experience if you have a farmers' market on your doorstep.
By this month any remaining sale rails are looking sad and weary, groaning under the weight of a zillion unwanted sequinned dresses, and the new season stock is jostling for your attention, no matter how unseasonable it may be.
With just four days to go until the opening game in Sao Paulo, shops are groaning under the weight of Brazilian-themed food and drink.
MAASIN CITY -- Already groaning under the weight of its gold medal haul, runaway champion Cebu City picked up some more in lawn tennis, volleyball, sepak takraw and boxing yesterday at the close of the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee Batang Pinoy Visayas leg here.
The property market in Qatar is still groaning under the weight of an oversupply, which while there are some early signs of recovery, has
For seven dollars paid at the entrance you were given a ticket which enabled you to eat as much as you wanted from hot and cold counters groaning under the weight of a lavish banquet which would have defeated even a renowned gourmand like Henry VIII.
Its quality of healthcare has attracted patients from all over Delhi and is now groaning under the weight of patients
Groaning under the weight of mandates - including universal delivery obligations and the need to prepay the health benefits of future retirees - the U.
Through forty years of political and social upheaval, Qiyao serves as an unwitting guide as we observe Shanghai groaning under the weight of overwhelming forces.
While the retailers themselves should be on-the-ball enough to realise that if they can't sell it now, they're never going to sell it, and so the warehouse should be empty; whereas the shopfloor should be groaning under the weight of stock waiting to be sold.
THE postcard image of a donkey groaning under the weight of a chubby holidaymaker will be consigned to the past today.
A world groaning under the weight of injustice lifts up a shout when Yahweh moves to reestablish justice for all the peoples, who are indeed God's peoples.