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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.
Translations of “strain after/for effect”
in Chinese (Traditional) 盡力追求, 拼命爭取…
in Chinese (Simplified) 尽力追求, 拼命争取…
(Definition of strain after/for effect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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