strain oneself

Definition of strain oneself

  1. 1 :  to injure oneself by making one's muscles do too much work Don't strain yourself trying to move the couch.

  2. 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

  1. :  lineage, ancestry

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

    :  a specified infraspecific group (as a stock, line, or ecotype)

  1. :  to draw tight :  cause to fit firmly

    :  to stretch to maximum extension and tautness

    :  to exert (as oneself) to the utmost

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

    :  bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use

    :  one resulting from a wrench or twist and involving undue stretching of muscles or ligaments

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

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a brief usually trivial fact

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