She lifted something too heavy and strained her back.
"In that case, you’re lucky to get off with a strained ankle."
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
She strained back, trying to draw away from him, but he held her.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
As Eragon twisted, he overextended and strained his back.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
D’Artagnan related how he had found Porthos in bed with a strained knee, and Aramis at a table between two theologians.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
They pawed at Maxim, their long, silken ears strained back with affection, their noses questing his hands, and then they left him and came to me, sniffing at my heels, rather uncertain, rather suspicious.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
But she knew too the spiritual value of bodily rigidity, of muscle strain: a little pain cleans out the mind, she’d say.
Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid’s Tale
He had strained his back.
Stephen King -- Misery
One day Samuel strained his back lifting a bale of hay, and it hurt his feelings more than his back, for he could not imagine a life in which Sam Hamilton was not privileged to lift a bale of hay.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Then she set the first pillow up on edge and set the second pillow on edge against it and plumped them both and smoothed them and stood away and looked at them with her head on one side, and for a moment she saw him sitting up in bed with a tray on his knees as he had sat when he strained his back, and he looked at her, almost but not quite smiling, and she could hear his voice, grouchy, pretending to be for the fun of it.
James Agee -- A Death in the Family
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He strained back desperately against the door, drowning in her embrace.
Thomas Wolfe -- Look Homeward, Angel
My first week of work went by with constant muscle strain.
Peter Jenkins -- A Walk Across America
I couldn’t think of a better prescription for a strained ankle than climbing six flights of stairs."