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Monday, April 02, 2012

grouse

\grous\ , verb;
1.
To grumble; complain.
noun:
1.
A complaint.
Quotes:
Today, he went on to grouse about some "pipsqueak" new arrival at Claverack who was only thirteen.
-- Lionel Shriver, We Need To Talk About Kevin
He continued to grouse as they headed toward the taxi line.
-- James Rollins, The Doomsday Key
Origin:
Grouse originally referred to a type of bird. It is uncertain why it began to mean "to complain," though it bears a resemblance to the word grouch.
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