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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAINED

Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.

I strained a sinew on the day that I slew the three men at Castelnau.

In the dim hall light he realized that her face was strained and set.

"It's over the pulling of Lucretia," a man said, simply to relieve his strained feelings.

Then very clearly Eileen's voice, sharp and strained, reached her ears.

Then put in the strained blood and simmer it for another hour, at least.

Stir it a few minutes, and then add to it the strained gravy.

She had not strained it all, and the sea-weed was drying on the sieve.

They strained so hard, that one of them dropped its eye out.

The quality of mercy is strained, and is no longer twice blest.

WORD ORIGIN

"to stretch, draw tight," c.1300, from present participle stem of Old French estreindre "bind tightly, clasp, squeeze," from Latin stringere (2) "bind or draw tight," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (cf. Lithuanian stregti "congeal;" Greek strangein "twist;" Old High German strician "mends nets;" Old English streccian "to stretch," streng "string;" German stramm, Dutch stram "stiff"). Sense of "press through a filter" is from early 14c. (implied in strainer); that of "lay undue stress on, make a forced interpretation of" is from mid-15c. Related: Strained; straining.

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