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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.
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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.
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.
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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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It's comedy writ in broad (and occasionally unnecessarily crude) brushstrokes which ranges from the irresistibly funny to the groaningly lame, all served up with a dollop of cleverly cannibalised classics including a repeated refrain of Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line and of course Pink Floyd's Brick In The Wall.
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And all of it is given a groaningly dreadful validity amongst a great deal of humour.
"Unmasked" at a playoff game, Jamal-Juwanna returns to offer the dispirited Banshees a groaningly clich apology/motivational speech at halftime during their climactic season session.
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The boys asked if he'd like to see the film, the title of which is a groaningly bad pun on his own, and arranged a screening in America.
Even within the fantasy context of the Bond world, nearly everything about her character is a joke, including her name, Christmas Jones, which at least provides what's needed for the film's groaningly funny sign-off line.