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  • The doctor recommended strenuous exercise three times a week.
  • Landscaping is strenuous work in the Texas summer.
  • a strenuous task
  • despite strenuous objections from Moscow

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  • strenuous efforts to turn the company around
  • Everybody was in it, so I knew it was going to be a strenuous bore.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Standing still was more strenuous than walking.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • that can only be done by suffering, by strenuous, uninterrupted labour.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • "Yes, he walks and can sit and stand, but it’s hard for him to do anything too strenuous.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • No, nothing strenuous.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • I was accustomed to hours of strenuous activity every day, between working construction, running, and the gym.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • It had been a strenuous interlude, but I could congratulate myself that I had, at last, established contact — no matter how briefly — with the study species.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Over the Humbug’s strenuous objections, Milo and Tuck decided to swim, and, protesting loudly, the bug was dragged along with them toward the sea.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Even these brief interludes are almost too strenuous for me.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Instead, almost every night it was dinner parties and busy restaurant tables with her friends, strenuous occasions where (jumpy, un-opiated, wracked to the last synapse), it was hard for me to make the proper show of social ardor, particularly when I was tired after work—and then too the wedding preparations, an avalanche of trivia in which I was expected to interest myself as enthusiastically as she, bright tissue-paper flurries of brochures and merchandise.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It takes strenuous effort at times like this to remember, to not lose sight of, one unshakable truth: This is her own handiwork, this mess.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • And his strenuous, almost vehement funeral performance.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Why did you object so strenuously to the excellent structural changes suggested by Mr. Prescott and Mr. Webb?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He had not done any strenuous walking for a long time, and the reflection looked rather flabby, he thought.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Socially inferior animals are the ones that make the most strenuous, resourceful efforts to get to know their keepers.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The long days and strenuous work stripped Eragon’s body of excess fat.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • An overpowering smell of sweat, a sort of unconscious testimony to the strenuousness of his life, followed him about wherever he went, and even remained behind him after he had gone.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She brought into Princess Mary’s strenuous, mournful, and gloomy world a quite different atmosphere, careless, lighthearted, and self-satisfied.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It almost did a few times, but it always managed to pull through due to strict sharing of resources, strenuous discipline, and constant vigilance against any further attacks from the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A favorite punishment was to force men to stand, sometimes for hours, in the "Ofuna crouch," a painful and strenuous position in which men stood with knees bent halfway and arms overhead.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Aye, no doubt; but that is what a governess will prevent, and if I had known your mother, I should have advised her most strenuously to engage one.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He shut his eyes, he shook his head in strenuous denial of these memories.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • As if merely subsisting according to his self-imposed rules weren’t strenuous enough, Rosellini also exercised compulsively whenever he wasn’t occupied with foraging.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in his room was as much a mystery to him as to the police.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I don’t have to do anything strenuous.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • I only know that I found myself, with a perseverance worthy of a much better cause, making the most strenuous exertions to compress it within those limits.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • With a careless motion, she flung to the ground, callous as a devil, the child that up to now she had clutched strenuously to her breast, growling over it as a dog growls over a bone.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I was panting, as after a strenuous exertion, but floating, without effort.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • I spoke; I told them to retire and consider of what had been said, that I would not lead them farther north if they strenuously desired the contrary, but that I hoped that, with reflection, their courage would return.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • We have all of us living duties and living affections which claim, and rightly claim, our strenuous endeavours.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Eragon lost himself in the arcane glyphs, happy to have a task that required nothing more strenuous than rote memorization.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • His most popular book was about sex and strenuous athletics for men over sixty-five.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • As he ran with his comrades he strenuously tried to think, but all he knew was that if he fell down those coming behind would tread upon him.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Wingfield most strenuously recommended it, sir—or we should not have gone.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Linton would have another, and after that another, notwithstanding my strenuous objections; and so they went on until the clock struck twelve, and we heard Hareton in the court, returning for his dinner.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • As she raised her hand and swore that the evidence she gave would be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help her God, she seemed somehow fragile-looking, but when she sat facing us in the witness chair she became what she was, a thick-bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labor.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice, when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • m., whereupon detectives, who had been strenuously but abortively interrogating the suspect, withdrew to another room, leaving the minister to consult privately with his parishioner.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The rack? I hope nothing too strenuous, because, man, am I stove up bad!
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • A strenuous task, but feasible, thanks to our relieving each other.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He had been examined by a big doctor that morning, and the doctor had said he would be all right, but that he would have to be careful, no strenuous studying or exercising.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • We’ve had a strenuous drive, and we only came to this godforsaken spot to bring your boss or whatever you call him something he’s been wanting for a long time.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • During spring and summer—the most strenuous periods of foraging—a worker bee, as a rule, does not live more than four or five weeks…Threatened by all kinds of dangers during their foraging flights, many workers die before they have reached even that age.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • They made a quick soft-footed procession into the center of the town, first Juana and Kino, and behind them Juan Tomas and Apolonia, her big stomach jiggling with the strenuous pace, then all the neighbours with the children trotting on the flanks.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • The rods had been strenuously taped, so that from the knees down he looked a bit like Im-Ho-Tep when he had been discovered in his tomb.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
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