strain every nerve


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strain every nerve

to try extremely hard to do something I was straining every nerve to catch what they were saying but they were sitting just a bit too far away from me.
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strain every nerve

To make every effort.
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You have supposed Mr Meagles and his family to strain every nerve, I think you said--'
But it's my mandate to ensure that forests are protected and personally, I will strain every nerve to see that inviolate areas are shielded," she said.
The authorities will strain every nerve to meet the Tunisian expatriate community's aspirations," he also insisted.
The forces road safety notes said: "They strain every nerve and sinew in their efforts to remain youthful.
Even at this late stage we want to strain every nerve to avoid military action.
For his part, Director of the Tunis chapter of Amnesty International Lotfi Azouz voiced the organisation's satisfaction at Tunisia's successful transition and its determination to strain every nerve to break away with all forms of violation of human rights and build a new Tunisia, stressing the interest that the President of the Republic grants to the defence of human rights in Tunisia.