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strained

adjective
 
 
/streɪnd/
NOT RELAXED showing that someone is nervous or anxious: We had a rather strained conversation.Anxious and worried
DIFFICULT If a relationship is strained, problems are spoiling that relationship: Relations are still strained between the two countries. They have a rather strained relationship.Anxious and worried
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