strain every nerve


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strain every nerve

To expend a maximum amount of effort to do something. I strained every nerve to reach that book on the top shelf, and I still couldn't get it.
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strain every nerve

make every possible effort.
Nerve is used here in an earlier sense of ‘tendon or sinew’.
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strain every ˈnerve/ˈsinew (to do something)

(written) try as hard as you can (to do something): He strained every sinew to help us, but didn’t succeed.
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strain every nerve

To make every effort.
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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.
He underlined that the State's established legitimate institutions will strain every nerve to achieve the objectives of the Revolution, by eradicating poverty, exclusion and unemployment, "in spite of the worst track record left by the former dictatorial regime.