under (a/the) strain

idiom

: 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.

Examples of under (a/the) strain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iranian officials have long pointed to turnout as a sign of support for the country's Shiite theocracy, which has been under strain after years of sanctions crushing Iran's economy, mass demonstrations and intense crackdowns on all dissent. Jon Gambrell, arkansasonline.com, 6 July 2024 Iranian officials have long pointed to turnout as a sign of support for the country’s Shiite theocracy, which has been under strain after years of sanctions crushing Iran’s economy, mass demonstrations and intense crackdowns on all dissent. Max Thornberry, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 6 July 2024 Whatever its origins, the next crisis will strike an economic system already under strain. Robert B. Zoellick, Foreign Affairs, 22 Feb. 2022 But Berlin’s relationship with Beijing has come under strain in recent years, as Germany tries to protect local manufacturers and reduce its dependence on China. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 4 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for under (a/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 24 Jul. 2024.

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