strain every nerve/sinew

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.
See also: every, nerve, strain

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.
See also: every, nerve, strain

strain every nerve

To make every effort.
See also: every, nerve, strain