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1.1(tense)(relations/atmosphere) tenso(relations/atmosphere) tirante(face/expression) tenso(face/expression) crispado(voice) forzado
- Several minutes of strained, nervous gazing about the room passed.
- Alex's voice held a strained edge, sounding as if it would break any minute.
- Before she can shake her head in strained resignation, Rhett Remiel steps up next to the table.
- Here, for all her delicacy of phrasing, Arleen Augér's tones have a slightly strained quality, as though the work lies at the edge of her voice.
- Her voice was strained and sad, shivered like an autumn leaf trembling in the wind.
- But once the pallbearers had executed their duties perfectly in the full gaze of the nation, their strained faces were clearly shown to be glistening with beads of perspiration.
- Far from the strained looks clearly visible on Glasgow's streets, Edinburgh shoppers were casually sauntering, even finding time to indulge in the Christmas market.
- Meanwhile in Toronto, the mayor, with a strained voice, explains to irate restaurant owners why they're being double billed for garbage pickup.
- The scientific controversy is beyond me, but I can recognize the fixed stare, the strained voice-throb and the rigid jaw of a madman at a hundred paces.
- After a couple more exchanges like this, my voice becoming increasingly strained, he finally picked up the vibe that he was unwanted.
- It was all we could do to keep up on our laden-down mountain bikes as he blazed a trail and made pleasant conversation in return for which we replied with strained grunts and squeaks.
- In the street the other day, I saw a couple of new arrivals in town who had the strained features of people who might have just descended the south face of Everest.
- Jamie growled to himself and lifted his hands in a tense strained pose, ready to strangle.
- Of course, her strained silence, paled skin, shaking hands and lowered eyes did not betray her feelings.
- The elevator ride seemed endless, full of strained silence and uneasy sideways glances.
- There was an awkward and strained silence between them for a moment, but it was broken by a familiar female voice.
- We sat in silence for several strained minutes, feeling awkward in one another's presence.
- The strained, tense atmosphere made the house extremely uncomfortable.
- There was a strained silence and when Helen spoke again, her voice suddenly lacked its formerly friendly tone.
- Not a cheerful and easy class, not bubbling with the energy of youth, but heavy with the strained silence of fear!
- There was a strained silence for a while and then in the distance there was a clap of thunder.
- There would be a few minutes of strained silence as we were handed over from one parent to the other, all under the watchful eye of my aunt.
- Henderson was smiling gently, but since her eyes were on the flickering candles, I couldn't tell if she sensed the strained silence.
- The front door opened, interrupting the strained silence.
- The strained silence between them was making her self-conscious.
- After about a moment of strained silence he finally answered.
- The strained silence had said more than they each ever could.
- He was saved from the strained silence when she let out a victorious cry as the last splinter was caught between the tweezers.
- He rarely stepped into the house and only for lunch, which was usually eaten quickly in strained silence.
- We sat in a strained silence, our ears trained on any noise that was out of the ordinary.
- I know that generally strained and stilted conversations can't really be described as compelling, but this was a unique situation.
- He cried as he told me how she was alienating him from his children and how their previously fun times together were now strained and difficult.
- The meetings between her parents were strained and uncomfortable.
- The strained friendship has made for some awkward moments on the stand.
1.2(unnatural, forced)(manner/humor) forzado(performance) afectado
- ‘It's not every day something like that happens,’ he said with a rather strained smile.
- Sam smiled a bit as the rest offered their own strained smiles and laughs to his amusing but rather frighteningly honest statement.
- She doesn't look any different and she's actually wearing a rather strained smile.
- In New York, this is tantamount to forking the maître d' in the eye, yet it is accepted with a strained smile as we are shown to our booth, the reservation intact.
- My jaw dropped and a strained laugh escaped my throat.
- People spoke in strained voices; laughed too long over old jokes.
- Amy's mother gave Mrs. Kung a strained smile and nodded politely.
- Darcy corrected him, still trying hard to keep the strained smile on her face, though evidently not trying hard enough, because it slipped at the corners when she spoke.
- Sheldon just looked at him and smiled a small strained smile.
- ‘Oh yes,’ I said with a small, strained smile, trying to cover up my moment of confusion.
- Favian seemed to find nothing wrong with Hakkana's strained smile.
- It was a strained, half-hearted laugh of a guilty prisoner, whose friend had just made a joke about the death sentence.
- There was a strained smile on her face as she glanced at him.
- ‘I wish I could be of more help,’ Lucinda said with a slightly strained smile.
- Speaking of seeing through each other's eyes, I saw through his, as he swallowed hard and gave me a strained smile.
- She hadn't seen Kenta much, but when she had in the last week he had been smiling nervously and in a strained manner.
- Marcus didn't further agitate the strained conversation.
- Perhaps the tension of the situation explained his strained look as the public gallery in Dublin Castle dissolved into laughter.
- She nervously giggled but gave him a strained look craving an answer to her question.
- It's a moderately fun party, spiced with bitchy gossip, confrontations that loom on the threshold of unpleasant and moments of strained intimacy.
2Medicine(eyes) cansadoa strained muscle — un esguince
3Cookingstrained yogurt — yogur espeso / sin suero
- A bowl of strained strawberry sauce was put out to dip them.
- Pour the strained liquor into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with lemon peel.
- Pour the strained mixture into the chilled glass, then layer with more crushed ice.
- Remove from the heat, whisk in the clarified butter, and add this to the strained cream sauce.
- The strained juice ferments into an alcoholic beverage and is taken as a general tonic.
- Add soy sauce, hoi sin and 150 ml of strained mushroom water, and toss well.
- Remove from heat and add six litres of water and half a cup of strained lemon juice and stir well.
- Gourds were used to contain the strained juices for fermenting.
- Keep this strained wine in an air-tight container for another 22 days before use.
- Stirring constantly, cook for two to three minutes before gradually adding the strained milk.
- Females were induced to oviposit using an artificial crepuscular lighting period and strained water from larval pans as an oviposition stimulus.
- Beat the eggs and egg yolks, then add the strained cream, cold or tepid, and sweeten to taste - but very mildly as the apricots will be sweet.
- Pour cooled sugar-water mixture into aging container and add strained blueberry liquid.
- Return the strained liquid to the saucepan and reduce to a thick syrup.
- Gradually add the strained liquid, gently using a whisk to incorporate until smooth.
- Add the strained liquid and the hot stock and cook for three minutes, whisking constantly.
- Pour the strained liquid over the lamb shanks and serve.
- Jelly preserves are like jam, but use strained fruit juice rather than fruit pulp.
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