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English definition of “strain after/for effect”

strain after/for effect

to try so hard to entertain that it seems false: I find his style of writing so artificial - he always seems to be straining for effect.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of strain after/for effect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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