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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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