One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make every possible effort.
struggle, labour, toil, make a supreme effort, make every effort, spare no effort, strain every nerve, try very hard, strive, break one's back, drive oneself to the limit, push oneself to the limit, do one's bestView synonyms
- ‘Here I was straining every nerve and muscle to follow the ideal of celibacy, while the most highly regarded proponents of the path couldn't hack it themselves!’
- ‘I can remember as Education Minister over thirty years ago, asking my Department to strain every nerve to find qualified Aboriginals who could teach Aboriginals in schools throughout the Northern Territory.’
- ‘Their absence is adequately compensated by men and women, who strain every nerve to attract the attention of the audience.’
- ‘She smiled bravely, straining every nerve within her, to hold back the grief she felt growing inside.’
- ‘The organisers and the office-bearers have strained every nerve possible to make the tournament a resounding success.’
- ‘A high operations tempo means that generals, understandably, strain every nerve to keep frontline units manned with the best people - even if that scants the educational system of teachers and top students.’
- ‘And thus he was sure that if he strained every nerve to feel calm, she would also feel this sense of calm.’
- ‘He that will not respond to its accents, and strain every nerve to carry into effect its provisions, is unworthy of the name of free man.’
- ‘I shall hope against hope, I shall strain every nerve to achieve an honourable settlement for my country if I can do so without having to put the millions of my countrymen and countrywomen and even children through this ordeal of fire.’
- ‘Even at this late stage we want to strain every nerve to avoid military action.’
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