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bellyache

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noun

informal
  • An abdominal pain.

    • ‘There were no technicians with the latest equipment waiting to help him decipher the coughs, bellyaches, chest pains, dizzy spells and fevers that ailed his patients.’
    • ‘With a couple hours yet to go in the party, he dressed and pleaded bellyache, then took to his horse to go home.’
    • ‘The pregnant person scrutinizes every bellyache and back twinge to see if it's a sign of the impending big event.’
    • ‘I've discovered the perfect cure for midnight nausea and bellyache - blogging!’
    • ‘In the morning, I'd wake up with a killer bellyache.’
    • ‘Subacute acidosis can be much more than a bellyache, however.’
    • ‘Whether you call it a cramp, bellyache, side ache, stomachache or stitch, it's a run-zapping pain in the gut.’
    • ‘They were usually sour and gave us bellyache, but it felt like a rite of passage of sorts.’
    • ‘Yesterday's winners were loitering about, looking hopeful, but the chicha had given us bellyaches, and it was time to go.’
    complaint, complaining, grouse, grousing, moan, moaning, moans and groans, grouch, grouching, grumble, whining, carping, muttering, murmur, murmuring, whispering

Pronunciation

bellyache

/ˈbelēˌāk/ /ˈbɛliˌeɪk/

intransitive verb

[no object] informal
  • Complain noisily or persistently.

    • ‘heads of departments bellyaching about lack of resources’
    • ‘there was plenty of bellyaching’
    • ‘The council chiefs have known about the problem of recycling for quite some time but have chosen to ignore it and now they are bellyaching because they could be liable for a ‘fine’ of around £1, 500,000.’
    • ‘I will stop bellyaching about the media using my personal life to sell newspapers while posing for cheesy, beefcake photos to sell my new movie.’
    • ‘Now that police authorities are having to use that money for what it was intended, police officers' pensions, they are bellyaching about it and feeding the public with misinformation in a bid to disguise their own failings.’
    • ‘But once more, I'm not complaining, criticizing, expressing dissatisfaction, finding fault, or bellyaching at all.’
    • ‘Which is why I think the best solution for all of us is to stop bellyaching, and let Mr. Stallone go on making ‘Rocky’ movies until he drops.’
    • ‘Teachers, already burdened with the extra duties of census, official surveys, vaccination programmes and other sundry jobs, are bellyaching.’
    • ‘Having said that, I too think that the majority of doctors still make very decent incomes and shouldn't spend their time bellyaching.’
    • ‘It's a little too late to start bellyaching about it now.’
    • ‘There was some mild bellyaching that the bang bang chicken and crisp Chinese pickled veg baguette did not live up to its promise.’
    • ‘Conservatives are always bellyaching about how complex the tax code is and what a burden it is on the average taxpayer.’
    • ‘So stop bellyaching about hem lines and sore knees and start moving!’
    • ‘Soldiers bellyache all the time, but only a minority turn complaint into defiance.’
    • ‘‘People don't bellyache to the landlord any more, they bellyache to the Foundation,’ he explained.’
    • ‘Anyone who's ever played road hockey has encountered the kid who bellyaches about not getting the ball enough and threatens to depart with his net if things don't go his way.’
    • ‘I find it amusing what some people will write to you to bellyache about.’
    • ‘We can bellyache all we want over the decision, but at the end of the day prohormones are still gone.’
    • ‘Rather than bellyache about who owns what media outlets, with a mealy-mouthed ‘it's not fair’ position, perhaps more honest debate and more public discussion would expose the vacuous nature of many current arguments.’
    • ‘‘This bottle of wine that's $27 on your list is just $9 at the store down the block,’ the customer bellyaches.’
    • ‘You may complain, they say; you may grouch about globalisation, bellyache about environmental destruction, grizzle about consumer society.’
    grumble, complain, moan, groan, protest, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss

Pronunciation

bellyache

/ˈbelēˌāk/ /ˈbɛliˌeɪk/