under (a/the) strain

idiom

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.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

strain play
  1. : lineage, ancestry

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

  3. : kind, sort

  1. : to draw tight : cause to fit firmly

  2. : to stretch to maximum extension and tautness

  3. : to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost

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

  2. : bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use

  3. : excessive or difficult exertion or labor


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