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whine about someone or something

to whimper or complain about someone or something. Please don't whine about Sally. She is sorry she couldn't come to your party, but it's not the end of the world. The dog is whining about its hurt paw.
See also: whine

whine something out

to say something in a whine; to say something, using a whine for a voice. She whined her complaint out so everyone could hear it. Jake whined out his usual complaints.
See also: out, whine
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A dog who is whining to "demand" something is frustrated that he isn't getting what he wants--hence, the frustration whine.
I have a four-year-old cat who whines excessively - for everything.
Mixed signals not only confuse the child, they add to your workload by forcing you to address and readdress the same issues--talk about a good reason to whine.
If at any point he whines and gets a positive response, you've reinforced negative behavior and can bet he'll try it again.
A A whine is a high-pitched vocalization that a dog usually makes with his mouth closed.
Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class.
After two incidents and responses by me at the moment of the whine, relief.
Peter and the Whimper-Whineys" is a versed, color illustrated children's story about a very unpopular small rabbit named Peter who only knows how to whine.
These guys seem to be living with a onepoint agenda -- to whine, whine, and then whine some more.
The researchers found that the high-frequency pure tone noise, commonly known as tire whine, is reduced significantly by pavement grinding and could be beneficial for both reducing tire pavement noise levels and muting the tire whine pure tone sound of the transverse fining texture of older concrete pavement.
1 : something serving as a signal or suggestion : hint <The baby's whine is a cue she's tired.
Yes, there are some unfortunate people, they are always there, but most of the people who whine about the problem are high school dropouts who during their time never did care for studies nor for any thing else and just had fun.
Self-described as "short, black and ugly," Skerrit's style can only be called WWE meets dutty whine meets Ringling Bros.
Tchaikovsky's 1812 I can take, Mairzy Doats is bearable, the Flowers of the Forest OK at a pinch, but last week the woman in the seat behind had a phone which erupted every few minutes with a mocksepulchural whine intoning "Message from the darkside.