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1‘they lodged a complaint with the European Commission’
protest, protestation, objection, remonstrance, statement of dissatisfaction, grievance, charge, accusation, criticism
cavil, quibble, grumble, moan, whine
Australian informal yike
informal beef, gripe, grouse, grouch, whinge
2‘there appears to be little cause for complaint’
protesting, protestation, objection, exception, grievance, grumbling, carping, whining, moaning, muttering, murmuring
criticism, fault-finding, condemnation, disapproval, dissatisfaction, fulmination, outcry, fuss
informal beefing, bitching, whingeing, griping, grousing, grouching, bellyaching, nitpicking
Northern English informal mithering
3‘the patient has a kidney complaint’
disorder, disease, infection, affliction, illness, ailment, sickness, malady, malaise, infirmity, indisposition, weakness, condition, problem, upset
informal bug, virus
British informal lurgy
Australian informal wog
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