strain at (something)

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strain at (something)

To exert the utmost force against some kind of resistance or barrier. The bank president complained that they had been straining at the restrictive regulations, but consumer advocates pointed out that it had led to a massive nationwide reduction in personal debt. The startled cattle strained at the gates until they eventually burst through and began stampeding through the farm.
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strain at

v.
To pull or push on something, trying to make it yield or give way: The dog barked viciously and strained at its leash. The angry crowd strained at the barriers.
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6) have studied shear strains at the belt edges of small radial passenger tires, experimentally measuring shear strains of 10 to 30% away from the footprint (dependent upon tire construction), but 60 to 80% shear strain within the footprint.
Enteritidis strains at frequencies of [10.sup.-5] to [10.sup.-4],and the resulting R-AN transconjugant showed the same lyric pattern of the typing phages as RDNC-a.
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These tests were repeated and confirmed on both strains at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.