Definition of high-strained in US English:

high-strained

(also high strained)

adjective

  • Highly strained; greatly or unnaturally forced or laboured.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cooper (c1517–1594), theologian and bishop of Winchester. Probably partly from high + strained.

Pronunciation

high-strained

/ˌhʌɪˈstreɪnd/