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In general we take our good things for granted, complaining that they are not better.

"Oh, I am not complaining about that, at all," said the hammock magnanimously.

I'm well as ever I am; but her, she's too complaining to come in fer show-day.

I looked long, my dear Clarinda, for your letter; and am vexed that you are complaining.

In a Parisian green-room a new performer was complaining of nervousness.

Stockholders are complaining; directors are bewildered; bankers are frightened.

The peasant became communicative and, of course, loud in his complaining.

Complaining not, they straggle down to their bunks to change their clothes.

He flinched a little, complaining that they were burning him.

John Granger as he had been then, now seemed like a complaining child to himself.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "find fault, lament," from stem of Old French complaindre "to lament" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *complangere, originally "to beat the breast," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + plangere "to strike, beat the breast" (see plague (n.)). Older sense of "lament" died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.

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