strain away

strain away

1. To draw or pull away (from someone or something) with great effort. I handed the baby to her grandfather, but she strained away from him the moment she was in his arms. I tightened my grip on the reins when I felt the horses beginning to strain away.
2. To work (on something) continuously, diligently, and with a great amount of effort. Lawmakers from both political parties have strained away at comprehensive tax reform legislation. I've been straining away for nearly a year on this book, and I thought I would have a lot more to show for it by now.
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strain away (at something)

to work very hard, continuously, at doing something. She strained away at her weights, getting stronger every day. She was straining away on the rowing machine when we came in.
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And the two simple-minded youngsters at the sculls feel quite proud of being allowed to row such wonderful oarsmen as Jack and Tom, and strain away harder than ever.
Pharmacists are playing an increasingly important role today in taking some of the strain away from GPs and A&Es, acting as an initial port of call for people to get advice from a fully trained pharmacist before a decision is taken on what to do next."
There's probably Newcastle fans who don't like the style either but they like his tactics because to get that balance and take the pain and strain away from the players (is impressive).
Please ensure that you pre-book steak Tuesday though as this can sell out in no time at all!" Take the strain away on a Sunday and enjoy the Sunday sharing platter.
"The suit can take stress and strain away from the body which protects the worker."
"The Hands Free Shopping takes the strain away whilst visitors continue to shop, dine or catch up with friends."
The unique service is available exclusively at Mall of the Emirates and is designed with every type of shopper in mind, whether you're a parent strolling the mall with the little ones, a keen shopper looking for some relief, or a tourist looking to have your shopping delivered directly to your hotel at a later time, Hands Free Shopping takes the strain away whilst you continue to shop, dine or catch up with friends.
Called ErgoComfort, it is designed to take the strain away from the muscles as you drive.
PRESSURE DROP England legend Gerrard (left) reckons fear of failure stopped the Three Lions from performing v Iceland (above), but he believes Allardyce (above) can takes the strain away
However, taking some strain away from Cotterill may allow him to flow more on the pitch.
The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, released by the State Government yesterday, says places like Childrens Centres can take the strain away from our child protection agency when it comes to receiving notifications.
In busy city traffic, the large windows offer great visibility and the car's on-board parking sensors take a bit of the strain away when reversing and parking.
"Maybe a final would take a wee bit of the strain away from the league and give us something to look forward to.
"It makes it a bit of a mini-tour, if you like, but at least from the travel point of view it takes a little bit of the strain away, and allows us get some quality preparation in."
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