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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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Two producers take between 60 and 90 minutes to filter through the 150 to 200 messages the Whiner Line receives each day.
Meanwhile, in order to be happy in life, Francis suggested to maintain distance from whiners.
'The way we see it, these whiners are actually the ones trying to draw attention to themselves.
I goal when you've got a whiner in your life is to not get trapped by them," says Marie McIntyre, Ph.D., founder of Your Office Coach, an executive coaching company in Atlanta.
By then, the amount of buzz you've generated to focus attention on your problem will brand you as a whiner.
In making these assertions, I am not being a curmudgeon, a whiner or a spoilsport.
Baeza is impressive as a character who could have come off merely as a whiner, while Barry Ward steals the show as the gawky Robert, who comes of age as houseboy for wealthy island artist Carolyn (Inge.
Costs of complaining include negative social consequences (being labeled a whiner and being excluded) and the negative self-concept that ineffective complaining can lead to.
Blissfully tone-deaf, he writes as if unconscious of how a phrase like "Surely pity for a whiner of my magnitude must be impossible" echoes differently in the corridors of power than when it is overheard by someone who really has something to whine about.
What a whiner you are, always banging on about how S4C doesn''t cater for you English-only speakers, then when they offer it to you, it's still not good enough.
What a whiner! There are many people who take one spliff, two or even 20 and who do not decided to tapdance down the slope to Hell like DJ Timbo.
In a nearby cage, a young Western grebe nicknamed "Whiner" cries for more fish.
McEnroe once branded Murray a whiner and moaner but now admits he's a fan of the 19-year-old Scot.
"Lee-arve the cartwalk," she told the contestants after their crap costumes were judged by another woman who should be seen and never heard - high-pitched nasal whiner Sadie Frost.
Then there's the whiner: He has nothing positive or productive to say and he never stops talking.