[on person, relationship, system, finances] pression the tax evasion scandal put considerable strain in the relationship between Germany and Liechtenstein tension (nerveuse)
to strain [+rope] = tendre ; [+system, resources, relations] peser sur, mettre à l'épreuve to strain a muscle = se froisser un muscle
to strain oneself = se forcer Shy people have a low Self-worth. To increase the self worth, one has to strain oneself in order to prove to oneself that one is actually worth something, able to achieve something.
fantôme agent secret, barbouze to spook = faire peur à « you spooked her! spooky : qui donne la chair de poule, sinistre that's spooky! [audio] »
to spook = effrayer
to be spooked by sth = être effrayé par qch
insulte racial slur "Canadian" becomes newest racial slur : racists in the American South have begun using the term "Canadian" as a slur against African Americans. Stronger words, including the “N” word are too harsh to be used without repercussions. to be a slur on sth = porter atteinte à qch (=to smear) (=mumble) bredouillement to slur = mal articuler