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see also CRITICISM
- to say that you are not happy with sth: complain (about sth); noun (C/U): complaint
Why don't you complain to the waiter? ◎ a long list of complaints ◎ I wish to make a complaint! ◎ a letter of complaint
- something that you think is unfair and that you want to complain or protest about: grievance
The meeting will give us all a chance to discuss our grievances.
- in order to make a complaint, you speak*/talk to sb (about sth), report sth (to sb), report sb (for sth)
This is totally unacceptable. I'm going to speak to the head teacher about it. ◎ This should be reported to the director. ◎ I'll have to report you for being late.
- to keep saying what is wrong about sth: moan (about sth), grumble (about sth), have a moan/grumble (about sth)
He never stops grumbling. ◎ They're having a good moan about the boss.
- to complain about sth continuously in an annoying way: (informal) nag (sb) (about sth), (informal) go* on (at sb) (about sth)
Do stop nagging! ◎ There's no need to go on about it!
- to say or show in a serious way that you think sth is not right or fair: protest (about/against/at sth), speak* out (against sth)
They're protesting about the cut in student grants. ◎ I felt I had to speak out against the decision.
- an act of protesting: protest (noun C/U)
We've received hundreds of protests. ◎ a letter of protest ◎ He resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the decision to raise taxes.
- an angry public protest against sth: storm of protest, outcry (against/over sth)
The decision has raised a storm of protest from local residents. ◎ a public outcry
- to feel or say that you do not like or agree with sth: object (to sth); noun (C/U): objection
Most people object to the new tax. ◎ We have a number of objections to the plan. ◎ They went ahead in spite of our objections.
- a person who objects to sth: objector
※ organized protests
- an organized public protest: demonstration
Thousands of people took part in demonstrations.
- to take part in a demonstration: demonstrate (against sb/sth or in favour of sb/sth)
They're demonstrating against the government.
- a person who takes part in a demonstration: protester, demonstrator
Several protesters were arrested when fighting broke out.
- without fighting: peaceful
It started out as a peaceful demonstration, but soon developed into a full-scale riot (= fighting) .
- a public political meeting: rally
to organize a peace rally
- an organized walk by a large group of people who are protesting: (protest) march
a peace march
- to take part in a protest march: march
We're going to march to Downing Street and hand over a letter to the Prime Minister.
- a person who takes part in a protest march: marcher
- to stop working as a protest: strike*, go* on strike; noun: strike
They've decided to strike for better conditions. ◎ Teachers are staging a one-day strike.
※ more on strikes EMPLOYMENT
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- words often shouted by demonstrators to protest against sth: down with sb/sth, no more sth
Down with arms sales! ◎ No more war!
- a large notice that is sometimes carried in a demonstration: placard
- refusing to obey certain laws or regulations as a means of protesting against sth: civil disobedience (noun U)
a campaign of civil disobedience