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as in:  carped incessantly

By November Piedmont had evidently tired of my carping and unrelenting bitching about conditions at the school.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  to repeatedly complain about trivial matters
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  • By November Piedmont had evidently tired of my carping and unrelenting bitching about conditions at the school.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Ma chere, I serve a man who multiplied the loaves and fishes"—he smiled, nodding at the pool, where the swirls of the carps’ feeding were still subsiding—"who healed the sick and raised the dead.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Another reason I welcome the change is that Mama’s always carping at me, especially at the table.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • "Ah, Mr. Macey, you and me are two folks," said Ben, slightly indignant at this carping.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner

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  • The Morrison children, coming home from school, would find no aches, no carping, no headache.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Ellen, by soft-voiced admonition, and Mammy, by constant carping, labored to inculcate in her the qualities that would make her truly desirable as a wife.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • (At the same time, he genuinely liked being a success and having all the girls he wanted.) Before those who now, for the sake of the Savage, paid their court to him, Bernard would parade a carping unorthodoxy.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Each one held his own course, carping and swearing, without listening to his neighbor.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I mean the timorous or carping few who doubt the tendency of such books as "Jane Eyre:" in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong; whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry — that parent of crime — an insult to piety, that regent of God on earth.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • For I would have you know, Sir Errant, that in these little villages everything is talked about and everything is carped at, and rest assured, as I am, that the priest must be over and above good who forces his parishioners to speak well of him, especially in villages.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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  • Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • How is this? some carping reader exclaims.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Hall carped that the Americans were "violating the spirit of the hills" and practicing a shameful form of alpine extortion, but Jim Frush, the unsentimental attorney who was the leader of the American group , remained unmoved.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • John Eglinton’s carping voice asked.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Barbara has always been most comfortable and settled when she felt like she was rescuing her Lavar-from infidel drug dealers or his intemperate father, from carping teachers or false idols of peer pressure.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He appeared frail and stupid to me, a man made of dried twigs with a thin, carping voice.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • But I was annoyed with her because of all the picking and carping she had been doing, and I said that I knew my Bible backwards and forwards which was not far from the truth — and that this was not one of the stories in it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • And to that end we wish’d your lordship here, To avoid the the the censures of the carping world.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Am I myself to bear a carping critic, A base usurper with a power tyrannic, Such that we can do nothing for diversion Without hearing about that creep’s aversion?
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Yet he was in no sense a Separatist; his hospitality took in strangers from every land; the carping Pharisees even accused him of having more than once entertained Samaritans at his table.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • To help address this lack, one prominent Chicagoan, Ferdinand W. Peck, proposed to build an auditorium so big, so acoustically perfect, as to silence all the carping from the East and to make a profit to boot.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Everyone had brown lips, and the most delicious productions of the Berghof kitchens were greeted by lethargic, carping gourmets, who had already stuffed and ruined their stomachs with Milka nougats, chocolat a la creme d’amandes, Marquis napolitains, and little "cat’s tongues" sprinkled with gold.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Hucheloup had invented a capital thing which could be eaten nowhere but in his house, stuffed carps, which he called carpes au gras.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In addition, he bore directly Eliza’s nagging and carping attack.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Rejoined the Lord Odysseus: "Diomedes, no good flattering me, or carping, either— not before men who know me through and through.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The Hiroshima players were at first called, in English, the Carps, until he pointed out to the public that the plural for that fish, and for those ballplayers, had no "s."
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • His look went from brooder’s beard to carper’s skull, to remind, to chide them not unkindly, then to the baldpink lollard costard, guiltless though maligned.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • His contemptuous attitude towards my brother reflected my own; his immediate and shallow carping about the devil; his refusal to even entertain the idea that sanctity had passed so close.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • JOHN EGLINTON: (Produces a greencapped dark lantern and flashes it towards a corner: with carping accent) Esthetics and cosmetics are for the boudoir.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The carping had subsided, he wrote, but few of the carpers had as yet made the "amende honorable" that now clearly was due Chicago.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • With him disappeared the secret of stuffed carps.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And Dora said she won’t take orders from her any more, as she was always a carping and peevish mistress, but only from Dr. Jordan, as he who pays the piper calls the tune.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She is thankless for Amelia’s constant and gentle bearing towards her; carps at her for her efforts at kindness or service; rails at her for her silly pride in her child and her neglect of her parents.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Pim has nearly reached the bothng point; Mrs. van D. is lying in bed with a cold, grumbling; Mr. van D. is growing pale without his cigarettes; Dussel, who’s having to give up many of his comforts, is carping at everyone; etc., etc.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • …eating in vast halls upon an immense creamy table from vessels of old silver—eating strange fabulous foods— swelling unctuous paps of a fat pregnant sow, oiled mushrooms, calvered salmon, jugged hare, the beards of barbels dressed with an exquisite and poignant sauce, carps’ tongues, dormice and camels’ heels, with spoons of amber headed with diamond and carbuncle, and cups of agate, studded with emeralds, hyacinths, and rubies— everything, in fact, for which Epicure Mammon wished.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But the oldest carps are still lured by her.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
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