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strain vb. (7 cf. ‘strain at a gnat’ Matt. xxiii. 24 in 1611 Bible, where earlier versions have, however, more correctly, ‘strain out’)
1. to embrace H8 IV. i. 46.
2. to exert to the utmost Ado IV. i. 254 “to strange sores strangely they the cure,” 1H6 I. v. 10, Tim. V. i. 232 “ what other means is left unto us” ; intr. to exert oneself Tim. I. i. 144 “To build his fortune I will strain a little.”
3. to press, urge Oth. III. iii. 250 “if your lady his entertainment.”
4. to force, constrain Rom. II. iii. 19.
5. to exceed bounds Wint. III. ii. 51* “With what encounter so uncurrent I Have s-'d, to appear thus;” “ too far,” put an exaggerated construction on matters 1H4 IV. i. 75.
6. “ courtesy,” (i) be punctiliously polite, stand upon ceremony, refuse to go first Ven. 888 “They all courtesy who shall cope him first” ; (ii) act with less than due courtesy Rom. II. iv. 57* “in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy.”
7. “ at,” find difficulty in Troil. III. iii. 112 “I do not at the position.”
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