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Use "straining" in a sentence
"They were guilty of not advertising that anything untoward was afoot, although they did steal glances up to their captain straining through the binoculars."
"But then I could actually feel my unconscious brain straining to generate fractal landscapes as I flew, and start to realize that it was just a dream."
"Just how popular the act was is difficult to ascertain – one can hardly imagine theater patrons straining from the far rows of a venue to make sense of the various parakeets hopping around on a stage."