grumble about

grumble about (someone or something)

To complain or gripe about someone or something. I turned the thermostat up, so you all can stop grumbling about how cold it is in here, thanks. Of course Marjorie is grumbling about how I left dishes out in the kitchen—she's not happy unless everything is perfectly put away.
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grumble about someone or something

to complain about someone or something. What are you grumbling about now? The students were grumbling about the teacher.
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They said Dog-Tooth was different from other men and second only to God that Big-Fat kept in his taboo house, and Dog-Tooth said so, too, and wanted to know who were they to grumble about how many wives he took.
His sister used to grumble about all these animals and said they made the house untidy.
You can't have a dressing room full of individuals who don't grumble about anything.
Perhaps his grumble about the Be Proud bar prices was well-justified.
And in this economy, that's nothing to grumble about.
While I may grumble about the red eye flights back from Las Vegas or the clothes that need ironing every time I unpack my bag, the reality is that meeting our readers and advertisers face-to-face has yet to be topped by an e-mail note.
On too many occasions this season, the Everton manager has been forced to face the media and grumble about his team's failings.
"The idea is to help yourself think through your issues," not merely grumble about them
They've always got to have something to grumble about.'
Another might be that, while a lot of people grumble about the present Government, they have even less time for the current opposition.
AHEAD OF THE CURVE: That the neoconservative National Review or Heritage Foundation would grumble about Bush's conservative apostasy shows just how far to the left the administration has tilted--or how transparent that apostasy has become among the grass-roots conservatives the Establishment neoconservative network wants to lead astray.
Bill Cotterell, a political writer and columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat, was suspended without pay after he wrote in an e-mail to a reader that Arabs should get over their animosity toward Israel after all these years: "OK, they can squat around the camel-dung fire and grumble about it, or they can put their bottoms in the air five times a day and pray for deliverance; that's their business.
But Greenwich Village residents oppose big box stores because they will take away space from playing fields for their children, while Brooklyn borough officials grumble about the aquarium competing with the one at Coney Island.
Midwesterners call the insects corn earworms, but farmers elsewhere grumble about cotton bollworms and tomato fruitworms.
Pharmaceutical companies may grumble about the cost, but buying lunch for physicians and their staff members was just as expensive, Ms.