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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GROUCH

Say, for the love of Pete, I couldn't tell what it was gave me a grouch.

"Lumpy's got on the grouch that won't come off," grinned Big-foot.

You have—er—impressed me as a boy with, to use a vulgar expression, a grouch.

It's the real thing, too, and no flossy bluff about the lady's grouch.

"Everybody has a grouch," observed Sarah cheerfully when they sat down to dinner.

His opposite in character was Pepper Sneed, the grouch of the company.

And, from where I stood, it looked like he ought to have it, grouch or no grouch.

It is just possible that by this time you may gather that I have a grouch on myself.

But if you've got a grouch against this scheme we'll try the other one.

"I think she is a grouch," said a stout girl at the table, turning suddenly.

WORD ORIGIN

"ill-tempered person," 1896, earlier "state of irritable glumness" (1890, in expressions such as to have a grouch on), U.S. college student slang, of uncertain origin, possibly from grutching "complaint, grumbling" (see grutch).

The verb is 1916, from the noun. Related: Grouched; grouching. Grouch bag "purse for carrying hidden money" (1908) is the source of the nickname of U.S. comedian Julius "Groucho" Marx (1890-1977), who supposedly carried his money in one to poker games.

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