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Strained (5)

Ross

I think it could be either:

tense

taxed

'strained' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

This is the entire clue.

(Other definitions for tense that I've seen before include "imperfect, perhaps?" , "past possibly" , "not together?" , "Nervous or tight" , "Verb form, indicates time" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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