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Definitions of straining:
  • noun:   an intense or violent exertion
  • noun:   the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  • adjective:   taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
    Example: "His final, straining burst of speed"

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