overstrained


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o·ver·strain

 (ō′vər-strān′)
v. o·ver·strained, o·ver·strain·ing, o·ver·strains
v.tr.
To subject to excessive strain, especially to force beyond a natural or proper limit: overstraining the environment.
v.intr.
To put forth too much physical effort.

overstrained

(ˌəʊvəˈstreɪnd)
adj
exerted, taxed, or used to an excessive extent
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the overstrained line sagged down in one long festoon; the tugging log was gone.
Elinor thought this generosity overstrained, considering her sister's youth, and urged the matter farther, but in vain; common sense, common care, common prudence, were all sunk in Mrs.
He said every nerve had been overstrained in some way, and the whole system must sleep torpid a while.
She a little overstrained the tone of humility in which she spoke those words -- a little overacted the look of apprehension which accompanied them.
Could I have judged, indeed, by the wild overstrained air of vivacity with which he hearkened, or apparently hearkened, to the words of the tale, I might well have congratulated myself upon the success of my design.
The shock to my already overstrained nervous system was terrible in the extreme, and with a superhuman effort I strove to break my awful bonds.
If they observed this duty conscientiously, they would give us fewer pictures chequered with vivid contrasts of light and shade; they would seldom elevate their heroes and heroines to the heights of rapture--still seldomer sink them to the depths of despair; for if we rarely taste the fulness of joy in this life, we yet more rarely savour the acrid bitterness of hopeless anguish; unless, indeed, we have plunged like beasts into sensual indulgence, abused, strained, stimulated, again overstrained, and, at last, destroyed our faculties for enjoyment; then, truly, we may find ourselves without support, robbed of hope.
First of all he began to take me into his confidence; he boasted of his great affairs, then started groaning about his overstrained life which left him no time for the amenities of existence, for beauty, or sentiment, or any sort of ease of heart.
When you stand expecting the overstrained string to snap at any moment, when everyone is expecting the inevitable catastrophe, as many as possible must join hands as closely as they can to withstand the general calamity.
But through certain sensibilities Dorothea was as quick as he, and seeing her face change, he added, immediately, "But it is quite true that the best minds have been sometimes overstrained in working out their ideas.
He made his apologies, with overstrained politeness, to Frank.
If you wonder why I move at all until I am stronger, I can only give a reason which may appear fanciful and overstrained.