under (a/the) strain

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Definition of under (a/the) strain

: having to do too much, dealing with a difficult problem, etc. She has been under (a lot of) strain lately. He is holding up under the strain. He cracked/collapsed/buckled under the strain.

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“Under (a/the) strain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20%28a%2Fthe%29%20strain. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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