strain every nerve/sinew

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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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What they said was clear - government must strain every sinew to get a deal.
Next, help all parts of the government to pull in the same direction and strain every sinew to accelerate progress.
Greg Clark told colleagues to "strain every sinew to avoid that" in comments directed at PM hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - both of whom pledged to leave the EU without a deal if need be.
Mr Clark implored colleagues to "strain every sinew to avoid that", with leadership rivals Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both pledging to leave the EU without a deal if need be.
Greg Clark implored colleagues to "strain every sinew to avoid that", with leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both pledging to leave the EU without a deal if need be.
I hope that whoever is elected leader will strain every sinew to get an agreement."
True, you may have to strain every sinew to get from A to B.
Let's not forget, they were booed off after the dour 0-0 draw with Rotherham and every player selected must strain every sinew to ensure that scoreline is not repeated.
Kevin Ball might be attempting to strain every sinew from Sunderland's players but going forward, presumably under Gus Poyet, the Black Cats will require cool heads to prevent a reoccurrence of their current clump and in Ki Sung-Yueng, either side of the exuberant Lee Catermole and the flair of Seb Larsson, they have a player with the capacity to control a game.
Craig Bellamy will strain every sinew for the cause but at 34 he lacks the pace he once had and can no longer be expected to terrorise top-flight defences.
Mr George said: "I would urge her to strain every sinew to get this service up and running because the mid Wales region is in desperate need of it.
Hyde Park On Hudson boasts a stellar cast, who strain every sinew to wring laughter and tears from Nelson's script.
In a world where footballers come under fire for their behaviour, the Christian League is living, breathing proof that 22 young - or, in some cases, not so young - men can come together, give their all for the sake of those three points, strain every sinew to achieve victory, and still maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and sportsmanship.
"And while teachers and school leaders strain every sinew in these schools to raise aspiration and achievement, they struggle always against the effects of poverty, ill health and deprivation, and children in these schools routinely fail to make the educational progress achieved by their more advantaged peers."
Bowe, however, believes Ireland can topple the All Blacks if they strain every sinew in the pursuit of a famous victor y.