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stray ning

  • n  an intense or violent exertion
  • n  the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  • v  to exert much effort or energy
    straining our ears to hear
  • v  test the limits of
  • v  use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
  • v  separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  • v  cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
  • v  become stretched or tense or taut
  • v  remove by passing through a filter
  • v  rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
  • v  alter the shape of (something) by stress
  • s  taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
    his final, straining burst of speed

  • Despite progress at some individual companies, most employers are straining under the weight of an ever-increasing healthcare burden, just as Washington is straining to pay for its .
  • Fannie Mae grew so large over the years that in 1968, with the pressures of the Vietnam War straining the national budget, President Lyndon Johnson took Fannie Mae's debt .
  • But underneath that diplomatic spat over history is a struggle for power and influence in East Asia that is increasingly straining Beijing-Tokyo relations.
News & Articles

  • Chuck Koplinski: Absence of Kent leaves 'Man of Steel' cold
    Man of Steelis a massive, flawed reboot of the character that is so bent on delivering one earsplitting, eye-straining action sequence after another that it forgets the human element that is vital to fully realizing this modern myth. One of the crucial aspects of superheroes is the notion of the secret identity, the physical and psychic split in the character that delineates the real person ...
    June 13, 2013 -
  • Edward Snowden to Hong Kong Media: 'U.S. Has Been Hacking China Since 2009'
    The NSA whistleblower tells the "South China Morning Post" that surveillance targets have included public officials, businesses and civilians, while Chinese State media says his revelations are straining diplomatic ties. read more        
    June 13, 2013 - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Kyuji Fujikawa undergoes Tommy John surgery
    From’s Carrie Muskat comes word that Cubs righty Kyuji Fujikawa underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, as expected, Tuesday afternoon in Alabama. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews, who deemed it a success. Fujikawa made only 12 relief appearances this season for the Cubs before straining the ulnar collateral ligament in his…
    June 12, 2013 - NBC Sports: HardballTalk

  • Jeffrey Immelt in International Herald Tribune
    We are not straining to pay it,Immelt said. "We've got lots of cash and free cash flow."
  • John Edwards in Reuters UK
    The excessive costs of prescription drugs are straining family budgets and contributing to runaway health care costs,Edwards said at the start of a seven-day campaign tour of the early-voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa.
  • the Apostle Paul in Ghana News Agency
    He quoted Saint Paul's words in Philippians as saying, "forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

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