Anxiety produces characters who gripe about being constrained and inconvenienced by the world.
Her only gripe: when they spent money on booze instead of hiring her more often.
Last weekend at a rally in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney was confronted with a gripe rarely heard on the Republican campaign trail.
Yet many students, chiefly athletes, continue to gripe about the rumblies in their tumblies.
The gripe is much older than the bloggers and tweeters who are its latest targets.
We gape, we grasp, we gripe, add store to 10 store; / Enough requires too much; too much craves more.
That same world is a tough wrestler, and has a bear's gripe.
Having re-rolled it between her fingers, she placed it within the gripe of a pair of small golden pincers.
To gripe the tall town-steeple by the waste,And scoop it out to be his drinking-horn.
He then stamped upon the hand on the lower bannister, until that also relaxed its gripe.
Old English gripan "grasp at, lay hold, attack, take, seek to get hold of," from Proto-Germanic *gripanan (cf. Old Saxon gripan, Old Norse gripa, Dutch grijpen, Gothic greipan, Old High German grifan, German greifen "to seize"), from PIE root *ghreib- "to grip" (cf. Lithuanian griebiu "to seize"). Figurative sense of "complain, grouse" is first attested 1932, probably from earlier meaning "gripping pain in the bowels" (c.1600; cf. bellyache). Related: Griped; griping.
late 14c., from gripe (v.). Figurative sense by 1934.
v. griped, grip·ing, gripes
To have sharp pains in the bowels. n.
gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
A firm hold; a grasp.
[ultimately fr griping of the gut, ''colic, bellyache, stomach cramp'']