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straining

verb
present participle of strain

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1 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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2 to pass through a filter
  • better strain that coffee thoroughly to get all the grounds out

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4 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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5 to subject (a personal quality or faculty) to often excessive stress
  • strained her memory but the name just wouldn't come to her

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6 to draw tight
  • the dog strained its leash trying to get to the cat

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7 to put one's arms around and press tightly
  • the woman tenderly strained to her breast the child that she had long ago given up for dead

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“Straining.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/straining. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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