nervous strain

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Noun1.nervous strain - (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stressnervous strain - (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
nerves, nervousness - an uneasy psychological state; "he suffered an attack of nerves"
tension, stress, tenseness - (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
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Distressing symptoms, to be sure, but - but hardly to be wondered at in a man who has come through your nervous strain.
The girl almost collapsed with the reaction from the terrific mental, physical, and nervous strain under which she had been labouring for the past few minutes.
Had the nervous strain resulted in a hallucination, or did the door really move?
We were in great distress because of lack of funds, and the nervous strain was tremendous.
The relief from the nervous strain under which he had been laboring for so long, left Smith-Oldwick suddenly as weak as a babe, so that he was forced to grasp the ape-man's arm for support--and when he found his voice all he could do was to repeat: "You?
At the last, wearied, even with sensations of sickness from the nervous strain put upon himself by his own anger, he lay down in the middle of the floor, lashing his tail, hating with his eyes, and accepting the clinging thing about his neck which he had learned he could not get rid of.
She would try not to show her weariness, the nervous strain of these two men's antagonism around her person which was the cause of her languid attitudes.