Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gripe v.

[SE gripes, the pains of colic, of which one complains]

1. (US) to disgust.

[UK]R. Beach Pardners (1912) 29: It gripes me to hear a man cry.
[US]L. Berg Prison Nurse (1964) 114: You bellyachers gripe me.
[UK]W. Talsman Gaudy Image (1966) 71: That puff ball and his fat words. He griped me.

2. (orig. US) to complain, to make a fuss; thus griping adj., complaining.

[US] in E. Wilson Prelude (1967) 125: gripe, crab.
[US]J. Conroy Disinherited 134: They’re gettin’ tired of your gripin’.
[US]C. McCullers Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1986) 232: The big kids griped whenever they had to eat in the kitchen.
[US]R. Chandler Long Good-Bye 201: The weather was hot and sticky [...] Everybody was griping about it.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 12: If the Japs gripe about those two bombs [...] they’re called bitter too.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 57: Theopolis told a griping story about a job counselor he’d been sent to who wouldn’t get off his back.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 109: We fell back into our old routine of gripin’ and groanin’ about every vestige of assembly labor.
[UK]Guardian Guide 5–11 Feb. 81: Ian, gripes straight-talking carpenter Chris, is all mouth and trousers.

3. (US) to anger, to annoy.

[US]‘Bill O. Lading’ You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Gripes me: Gets me sore.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 131: God, how it must gripe you to get up every morning and go to work!
[US]E. Hemingway letter 11/12 Apr. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 724: It gripes me every day to have that jerk use it.
[US](con. 1930s) R. Wright Lawd Today 31: What’s griping you?
[Aus] in K. Gilbert Living Black 28: That was another thing to gripe with them about [...] because they said they were not blackfellers, they were Chinamen.

In phrases

gripe someone’s soul (v.) (also gripe someone’s middle kidney, ...someone’s shit)

(US campus) to anger or disgust greatly.

[US]V. Carter ‘U. of Missouri Sl.’ AS VI:3 205: That gripes my soul: that annoys me.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS 231/2: Gripes my middle kidney. Gripes me extremely. Common c1945.
[US]E. Shepard Doom Pussy 212: It gripes my very soul to think about you and your women.
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 39: Jesus Krist they gripe my shit the rotten bastards.