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plaint

1. Archaic a complaint or lamentation
2. Law a statement in writing of grounds of complaint made to a court of law and asking for redress of the grievance
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Bring in brother John, and let him hear the plaints which have been urged against him."
Within, the sea, as if agitated by an internal commotion, leaped in peaked mounds that jostled each other, slapping heavily against her sides; and a low moaning sound, the infinite plaint of the storm's fury, came from beyond the limits of the menacing calm.
In the forefront could be distinguished a drowsy waking plaint passing on, and far off the growth of a multiple clamour, marching and expanding.
The commons stand in terror of thy frown, And dare not utter aught that might offend, But I can overhear their muttered plaints, Know how the people mourn this maiden doomed For noblest deeds to die the worst of deaths.
He added not, and from her turn'd, but EVE Not so repulst, with Tears that ceas'd not flowing, And tresses all disorderd, at his feet Fell humble, and imbracing them, besaught His peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint.
He has not been suffi- ciently rubbed and curried, or he has not been prop- erly fed; his food was too wet or too dry; he got it too soon or too late; he was too hot or too cold; he had too much hay, and not enough of grain; or he had too much grain, and not enough of hay; instead of old Barney's attending to the horse, he had very improperly left it to his son." To all these com- plaints, no matter how unjust, the slave must an- swer never a word.
His natural inclination to blame, hitherto kept entirely in abeyance toward his father by the predisposition to think him always right, simply on the ground that he was Tom Tulliver's father, was turned into this new channel by his mother's plaints; and with his indignation against Wakem there began to mingle some indignation of another sort.
"It was so sudden and so dreadful, Arthur," poor Miss Lydia began, pouring out her little plaints, and Arthur sat down to listen with impatient patience.
She remembered, dimly, the blight of hard times in the past, and the plaints of fathers and mothers in those days returned to her with a new significance.
Dudley aura la lourde charge de redorer le blason de BP, ce que n'a pas su faire son predecesseur Tony Hayward, qui s'est attire le surnom de "Tony-la-gaffe" pour avoir annonce que l'impact de la maree noire serait "minime", s'etre plaint de vouloir "retrouver sa vie d'avant" et avoir assiste a une regate au large des cotes britanniques au moment oE la maree noire souillait celles du golfe du Mexique et coutait leur emploi a des milliers d'Americains.
[beaucoup moins que]A ce rythme, nous allons avoir en face de nous un nouveau bidonville[beaucoup plus grand que], s'est plaint un habitant de la cite.