from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Half-bred; imperfect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Half-bred; imperfect.
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All the dogs were fighters except the big, soft-throated Mackenzie hounds, with the slow strength of oxen in their movements, and the quarter-strained and half-strained mongrels from the south; and upon these unfortunates the others preyed.
With a half-strained movement she advanced a chilly hand to meet the girl's warm grasp.
-- Damn these half-strained shopkeepers, got between gentlemen and city wives; how naturally they quake, and run away from their own fathers! twenty souls a penny were a dear bargain of them.