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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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'Then I heard her groan twice, and after those two groans she stopped.'
A dog walker heard the groans of Mr Bonner, who worked at Spottiswood's garage.
He continued: "On this sad occasion we express our great sorrow and regret for the blood generously shed in this tragic incident, and the deep pain for the groans of the bereaved and the tears of orphans and the groans of wounded, and pendular families grieving the loss of loved ones and pray to God to grant them with patience and fortitude." He explained that "a week after the bombing of Karrada , a vicious attack occurred on the shrine of Sayyed Mohammed in Balad, has resulted in the killing of dozens of innocent visitors and others, and so terrorist crimes against the Iraqi people and their sanctities continue, if not halted in dealing with security breaches, asking Almighty God to reconcile this people./End
He only has to utter: "I know this area well" for groans to fly up from around the room.
He connects Paul's notion that creation groans because God subjected it to "futility ...
I can already hear the groans of the tree-hugging, sandal wearing greens, but unless our energy policy is sorted soon they will groan even louder when the lights go out and there is not enough energy left even to manufacture their ill-conceived giant and useless windmills.
Washington, April 12 (ANI): The calls or groans of male Eurasian fallow deer give rivals and possible mates an honest account of the emitting deer's prowess, a new study has found.
The councillors all seem to be writing in with their moans and groans about their fellow counterparts, well I think they should all start listening to the moans and groans of the people in Middlesbrough and stop destroying our town.
Hopefully soon you can be trading groans through the bedroom walls.
Sheree Murphy and Amy Nuttall joined the groans at the breakfast table the next morning after all the merriment.
But the spirit of God is working with us, and even our wordless cries and groans become part of the Spirit's action.'"
A variety of resources including print materials and online resources are provided to assist new authors, published authors, and counselor educators who are encouraging new authors with the "grins and groans" of publishing in professional journals.
Unlike passages of other biblical books, the words of the psalms are formally assimilable to the lives of those who hear them: "If the psalm prays, you pray; if it groans, you groan," Augustine asserts.
In winter, the museum projects through the snow with its tapering tower acting as a landmark and sign of civilization; it groans with snow stresses.
CLASSMATES sleeping in the same room as Caroline Dickinson on the night she was murdered were wok en by groans and banging sounds, a court heard today.