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  • Definition

    verb: to complain about something in an indirect way so as not to sound like it's a complaint, or that you're dropping a hint that you need something but don't want to be too blunt.

    noun: a roundabout way of asking for help without being direct

    The surname Cluskey proved difficult to pronounce by young nieces of a certain Sarah Cluskey.  She was called Wumpy.  She had difficulty asking for help and would use an indirect approach in the hope that someone would offer the help she needed giving her name to both noun and verb.

    August 3, 2015