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bitch and moan
rude slang To complain about someone or something. This phrase is usually indicative of the listener's annoyance about the complaints. Oh boy, which dead president is grandpa bitching and moaning about today? If you hate your job so much, quit bitching and moaning about it and look for a new one!
moan about (someone or something)
To grumble, gripe, or complain about someone or something to an annoying, excessive degree. My daughter has reached the age where she moans about everything we ask her to do. Well, if you spent more time doing your work and less time moaning about it, you'd be finished a heck of a lot sooner!
1. To utter loud, prolonged moans. I could hear someone moaning out in the dark, but I couldn't see them. I'll never be able to rid myself of the memory of hearing all those wounded and dying soldiers moaning out on the battlefield.
2. To utter something in a low, guttural, droning voice. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "moan" and "out." He managed to moan out his name before losing consciousness from the blood loss. It's incredibly awkward hearing to the woman next door moaning her lover's name out in the middle of the night.
moan with (something)
To utter loud, prolonged moans because of some intense sensation or stimulus. It's incredibly awkward hearing the woman next door moaning with pleasure in the middle of the night. I'll never be able to rid myself of the memory of hearing all those soldiers strewn about on the battlefield moaning with the agony of their injuries.
piss and moan
To grumble, gripe, or complain excessively and/or in an annoying fashion. My daughter has reached the age where she pisses and moans about everything we ask her to do. Well, if you spent less time pissing and moaning and more time doing your work, you'd be finished a heck of a lot sooner!
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moan about something
to complain about something. What are you moaning about? I am not moaning about anything.
moan something out
to say something in a moan. The injured woman moaned the name of her assailant out. She moaned out the name.
moan with something
to groan because of pain or pleasure. The patient moaned with pain and fear. Ken moaned with pleasure.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.