straining

present participle of strain
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as in pulling
to injure by overuse, misuse, or pressure in order to lift something heavy, squat down and lift with your legs, or you'll strain your back

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as in filtering
to pass through a filter better strain that coffee thoroughly to get all the grounds out

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as in dripping
to flow forth slowly through small openings put the cooked fruit in a cheesecloth bag and let the juice strain into a pan

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as in tightening
to draw tight the dog strained its leash trying to get to the cat

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“Straining.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/straining. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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