don't strain yourself

don't strain yourself

Don't inconvenience or trouble yourself to do something. Usually used sarcastically. The phone is right next to you, but don't strain yourself—I'll answer it.
See also: strain

don't strain yourself

used sarcastically to accuse a person of laziness or dilatoriness. informal
See also: strain
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Get the concepts clear, but don't strain yourself. Take out time for a hobby if you have one.
Don't strain yourself trying to remember what each is for; very often one pill is to counter the side-effects of another pill.
Don't strain yourself patting yourself on your own back because John McCain "heeded your warning" by not appointing Florida Governor Charlie Crist (nor Krist) as his Vice Presidential candidate.
What's it called?" Don't strain yourself with the research there Rossy!
Icon, the company that transfers famous artwork onto shoes, put photo-print reproductions of abstract "Geisha" images onto shoes and leather goods--but don't strain yourself trying to match the pictures to the film.
"But the most important thing to remember is to work at your own pace so you don't strain yourself."
Don't strain yourself doing the hard labour - this is real life not TV!
Sgt Nigel Miller, 42, faced chants of "Do your bosses know you're here?" and "Don't strain yourself" at a Third Division game between Hartlepool and Rushden & Diamonds.
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