One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he exerted considerable emotional pressure on me’
bring to bear, apply, bring into play, exercise, employ, use, make use of, utilize, deploy
2‘he had been exerting himself to make a good impression on her’
make an effort, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out
struggle, labour, toil, strain, push oneself, drive oneself, work hard, work like a Trojan
cudgel one's brains, rack one's brains
informal give it one's best shot, go all out, pull out all the stops, bend over backwards, lean over backwards, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, do one's damnedest, move heaven and earth, beaver away, slog away, keep one's nose to the grindstone, work one's socks off, break sweat
North American informal do one's darnedest, do one's durnedest, bust one's chops
Australian informal go for the doctor
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