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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of overstrain.

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Examples

  • Emphasizing that there were "no exceptional circumstances *** present," the majority asserted that "it rather overstrains our credulity to believe that [such a defendant would be ignorant] of his right [to request and] to engage counsel."

    The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States to June 30, 1952

  • For materialism is too wildly imaginative at the start: like a runner who at the outset overstrains his heart and thereafter runs no more, the follower of this creed, by his postulate of a blind impersonal Law, exhausts his power of speed and plods henceforth eyes downward over flattest plains of dulness.

    Apologia Diffidentis

  • Beyond these limits it stunts the body, dulls the brain, overstrains the heart, and spoils the appetite.

    A Handbook of Health

  • Major overstrains his voice, it misses fire like a costermonger's, and only a falsetto note comes on a high register.

    Somehow Good

  • If India is to be held for the good of India, throw open India to the civilized nations, that they help us in a task that overstrains us.

    Beauchamp's Career — Volume 4

  • On some actions praise indeed is not bestowed, but pardon is, when one does what he ought not under pressure which overstrains human nature and which no one could withstand.

    The NICOMACHEAN ETHICS

  • For he who either gives up or overstrains his prerogative ceases to be a king or constitutional ruler, but becomes either a despot or demagogue; and in the one case is feared, in the other despised by his subjects.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

  • Temperance neither satiates nor overstrains them; if Exercise raises proper Ferments in the Humours, and promotes the Circulation of the

    The Spectator, Volume 1 Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essays

  • a view sufficiently large to be correct, but that the Buddha has a more than human knowledge which he does not impart because it is not profitable and overstrains the faculties, just as it is no part of a cure that the patient should make an exhaustive study of his disease.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 1

  • The effort to make a coherent whole out of the impression overstrains the mind, so to speak, and the damage is permanent. "

    Supermind

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