Meaning of “strain after/for effect” in the English Dictionary

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"strain after/for effect" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “strain after/for effect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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