Definition of under (a/the) strain
- She has been under (a lot of) strain lately.
- He is holding up under the strain.
- He cracked/collapsed/buckled under the strain.
: in or into a position below or beneath something
: below or short of some quantity, level, or limit
: in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness
: below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by
: subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of
: receiving or undergoing the action or effect of
: lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side
: facing or protruding downward
: lower in rank or authority : subordinate
: lineage, ancestry
: a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions
: kind, sort
: to draw tight : cause to fit firmly
: to stretch to maximum extension and tautness
: to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost
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