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strain Idioms & Phrases


cotton strain

  • noun feeds primarily on cotton
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half-strained

Half"-strained` adjective
Definitions
  1. Half-bred; imperfect. R. "A half-strained villain." Dryden.
Webster 1913

mental strain

  • noun (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
    strain; mental strain.
    • his responsibilities were a constant strain
    • the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him
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nervous strain

  • noun (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
    strain; mental strain.
    • his responsibilities were a constant strain
    • the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him
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poinsettia strain

  • noun a strain of pest accidentally imported into Florida from the Middle East then spread to California where it is a very serious pest feeding on almost all vegetable crops and poinsettias
    superbug; Bemisia tabaci.
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strain gage

  • noun a gauge for measuring strain in a surface
    strain gage.
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strain gauge

  • noun a gauge for measuring strain in a surface
    strain gage.
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To strain a point

  • to make a special effort; especially, to do a degree of violence to some principle or to one's own feelings.
  • to go beyond the proper limit or rule; to stretch one's authority or conscience.
Webster 1913

To strain courtesy

  • to go beyond what courtesy requires; to insist somewhat too much upon the precedence of others; often used ironically. Shak.
Webster 1913