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strain away

1. To draw or pull away (from someone or something) with great effort. I handed the baby to her grandfather, but she strained away from him the moment she was in his arms. I tightened my grip on the reins when I felt the horses beginning to strain away.
2. To work (on something) continuously, diligently, and with a great amount of effort. Lawmakers from both political parties have strained away at comprehensive tax reform legislation. I've been straining away for nearly a year on this book, and I thought I would have a lot more to show for it by now.
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strain away (at something)

to work very hard, continuously, at doing something. She strained away at her weights, getting stronger every day. She was straining away on the rowing machine when we came in.
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“By giving start-ups and small businesses free hosting for life it is one less recurring bill for them to worry about, allowing them to focus on the growth of their business.” Benadel continues, “We are passionate about helping businesses to grow and want to take some of the stresses and strains away from start-up businesses.
It got so bad under George Burley there were scouts turning up at the Glasgow and District League and every man in Scotland with a pair of boots was three groin strains away from a call-up.
She said, adding, "It sounds lovely to meet somebody who could take all the stresses and strains away, as well as being a money provider, but I've never met anyone like that." (Extract form her autobiography)
It's only August and like most sides in the division the Dons are a couple of hamstring strains away from major problems but you do have to admit the prognosis looks promising.
After a day''s golf, what better way to relax than in the hotel''s spa, with highly-trained therapists on hand to massage aches and strains away? Next up was Secret Valley Golf Club, a short drive from Aphrodite Hills, and a course within a colourful, picturesque valley.
My hair and scalp were almost cocooned with a warm head halo as my therapist helped take the stress and strains away with her perfect massage.
By monitoring the strains within the structure and embedding actuators in the composite, you can transfer the strains away from the joint.