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


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  • 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.


  • 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. "



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