strain oneself

idiom

Definition of strain oneself

1 : to injure oneself by making one's muscles do too much work Don't strain yourself trying to move the couch.
2 : to put a lot of physical or mental effort into doing something Don't strain yourself trying to think of the answer. I can tell you what it is.

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“Strain oneself.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strain%20oneself. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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