Later, another senior NCO chased me down the hall to gripe about how my pants met my boots.
Her only gripe: when they spent money on booze instead of hiring her more often.
Yet many students, chiefly athletes, continue to gripe about the rumblies in their tumblies.
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'']