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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.
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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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THAT whiny little voice you hear in the background is some naysayer objecting to the claim -- made famous by our governor -- that California has the world's sixth-largest economy.
Many singer-songwriters sound so damn whiny and anemic, you just want to cram roast beef sandwiches down their gullets.
Astrid, whiny and witchy, is experiencing teenage angst early.
His voice was whiny and nasal and his dancing was like pole dancing without a pole.
The music I'm not into is the whiny white-boy rock that's being called 'emo' right now.
No wonder, then, that so many of us enjoy Judge Judy reaming out a particularly nasty plaintiff or cutting off a whiny defendant by pointing to her own forehead and asking, "Excuse me, does it say `stupid' here?
The show - at times with comedy; at times with stark political commentary - detailed life at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea, where Linville was a whiny, military stickler smitten with the head nurse, mocked by the M*A*S*H staff as Hotlips Houlihan.
Whiny little boy Bart's voice is that of a woman, Nancy Cartwright.
Yet her work isn't whiny, in that slacker, see-what-society-made-me-do manner so common to much art made by members of her generation.
I also think that tobacco farmers are a bunch of whiny brats and fail to see how they can be viewed as poster children of the left wing.
He neglects to mention that readers will also find it boring, insignificant means-spirited and whiny.
Why tune in to dated footage of whiny people building huts on an island when you can watch real drama unfold in real time, in a unique place, where claustrophobic loneliness meets ambitious imagination," asked Bruce Forman, Chief Romper.
If you're looking for whiny vocals and edible, cookie-cutter love songs, well, try somewhere else.
She's whiny, patronising, a bit of a jobsworth and likes nothing better than shoving her nose into everyone else's beeswax.
The whiny brat rebuffs Rocky's every effort to bond.