I strained my back trying to lift the couch.
Too much computer work strains the eyes.
He strained a muscle in his leg.
His muscles strained under the heavy weight.
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Trudeau’s explosive announcement came amid strains in relations between Canada and India.—Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 The former Don't Be Tardy stars appear to have suffered from financial strain.—Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 Related:What to know about the autoworkers’ strike against GM, Ford and Stellantis
A prolonged strike that eventually leads to work stoppages at other plants could send shock waves through the automotive supply chain and raise car prices in a U.S. economy already under strain.—Irving Mejia-Hilario, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2023 But the three-time Grand Slam champion was playing under an emotional strain in his recent Davis Cup match in England.—Chantz Martin, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2023 Looking back on Skeletons, the strain floats just below the surface.—Jeff Gage, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2023 Some seasons may be more severe than others based on the strains of the viruses circulating and immunity to the viruses.—Youri Benadjaoud, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2023 His return in 2022 was then delayed because of a severe hamstring strain.—Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 Two starters — left guard Tyler Smith (hamstring strain) and safety Donovan Wilson (calf) — didn’t practice.—David Moore, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023
Enter Email Sign Up Burrow strained a calf muscle early in training camp and was out of action until last week.—Rob Maaddi and Mitch Stacy, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 The resulting epic mud pit, filled with all manner of litter and trash, might strain the resources of the Burning Man Organization—the gathering’s governing body, also referred to as the Org—to the breaking point.—Alden Wicker, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 Simmer the mixture until the honey is infused and strain into a bowl.—Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2023 Depletion of cash reserves: Using a significant amount of cash to buy a car can drain your savings and strain your finances.—Ashley Donohoe, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 Across the country, tensions over water are mounting as climate change, drought and development strain an increasingly scarce natural resource.—David Gelles, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 The Great Depression had strained food sources to the limit, and producers, like many Americans, were desperate to stay afloat.—Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 For example: Sativa strains often possess uplifting and energizing flavors, which can translate into a more invigorating experience when consuming delta 8 extracted from these strains.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Slapping universal tariffs on all foreign goods based on the notion that all other countries are somehow competing unfairly would strain America’s alliances to their breaking point.—Alan Wolff, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English streen progeny, lineage, from Old English strēon gain, acquisition; akin to Old High German gistriuni gain, Latin struere to heap up — more at strew
Middle English, from Anglo-French estreindre, from Latin stringere to bind or draw tight, press together; akin to Greek strang-, stranx drop squeezed out, strangalē halter