striving


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an effortful attempt to attain a goal

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He had been ill for a year after the experience in Pennsylva- nia, and after his recovery worked as a day laborer in the fields, going timidly about and striving to con- ceal his hands.
Considering that you are young, and striving for a place in life, I think it would be well to say that you would readily abide by any conditions they might impose upon you.
He was mad for the moment; tearing out his hair, beating his head, trying to force me from him, and to force himself from me, not answering a word, not looking at or seeing anyone; blindly striving for he knew not what, his face all staring and distorted - a frightful spectacle.
I saw a tormented spirit striving for the release of expression.
2) The purification and reformation of oneself for its reception, and (3) The improvement of the human race by striving for such purification.
Often she would stubbornly refuse to pronounce some particular word in her lesson; and now I regret the lost labour I have had in striving to conquer her obstinacy.
They sank lower and lower into the muddy abyss, back into the dregs of the raw beginnings of life, striving blindly and chemically, as atoms strive, as the star-dust if the heavens strives, colliding, recoiling, and colliding again and eternally again.
Toward the last, all three made a combined attack on Barney, striving to mount him simultaneously from different slants of approach.
He forgot that she had made life a burden to him, and when she disported herself around him he responded solemnly, striving to be playful and becoming no more than ridiculous.
Little Jimmie was striving to stanch the flow of blood from his cut lips.
While he lamented and bewailed his sores and bruises, and cried loudly for help, a neighbor ran to the well, and learning what had happened said: "Hark ye, old fellow, why, in striving to pry into what is in heaven, do you not manage to see what is on earth?
He stared now at the stranger with a wrinkled brow and the air of a man who is striving to stir his memory.
The little airs he put on and the painful striving to assume the easy carriage of a man born to a dignified place in life would have been sickening had they not been ludicrous.
How divinely do vault and arch here contrast in the struggle: how with light and shade they strive against each other, the divinely striving ones.
He was not uncertain long, for suddenly he laid hands upon him, and striving to bear him to the ground, cried: