strain oneself

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

strain play
  1. : lineage, ancestry

  2. : a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions

  3. : kind, sort

  1. : to draw tight : cause to fit firmly

  2. : to stretch to maximum extension and tautness

  3. : to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost

  1. : an act of straining or the condition of being strained: such as

  2. : bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use

  3. : excessive or difficult exertion or labor

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self


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