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grievance

noun
     
griev‧ance [uncountable and countable]
a belief that you have been treated unfairly, or an unfair situation or event that affects and upsets youCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
have a grievance (against somebody) legitimate/genuine grievance (=when you really have been treated unfairly) air your grievances (=tell people you think you have been treated unfairly) nurse a grievance (=think continuously about the fact that you have been treated unfairly) file a grievance American English (=officially complain) settle a grievance (=solve one) grievance procedure (=a system for dealing with employees' grievances) sense of grievance
anyone who has a legitimate grievance against the company
a means of overcoming genuine grievances
There must be an opportunity for both sides to air their grievances.
The teachers' contract established a grievance procedure .
the sense of grievance which characterized him as a young man

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