strain every nerve and muscle

strain every nerve and muscle

1. To use every bit of one's physical effort or ability. We all worked together, straining ever nerve and muscle to push the truck out of the ditch. He strained every nerve and muscle trying to lift the sack of concrete up off the ground.
2. To use absolutely all of one's energy, willpower, or resolution. I felt like I had to strain every nerve and muscle to not clock him for making such an insensitive remark. He strained every nerve and muscle trying to catch the vase before it hit the ground.
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