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 for To lay stress upon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stress \Stress\, n. [Abbrev. fr. distress; or cf. OF. estrecier
     to press, pinch, (assumed) LL. strictiare, fr. L. strictus.
     See Distress.]
     1. Distress. [Obs.]
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              Sad hersal of his heavy stress.       --Spenser.
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     2. Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things;
        except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight;
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              The faculties of the mind are improved by exercise,
              yet they must not be put to a stress beyond their
              strength.                             --Locke.
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              A body may as well lay too little as too much stress
              upon a dream.                         --L'Estrange.
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     3. (Mech. & Physics) The force, or combination of forces,
        which produces a strain; force exerted in any direction or
        manner between contiguous bodies, or parts of bodies, and
        taking specific names according to its direction, or mode
        of action, as thrust or pressure, pull or tension, shear
        or tangential stress. --Rankine.
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              Stress is the mutual action between portions of
              matter.                               --Clerk
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     4. (Pron.) Force of utterance expended upon words or
        syllables. Stress is in English the chief element in
        accent and is one of the most important in emphasis. See
        Guide to pronunciation, [sect][sect] 31-35.
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     5. (Scots Law) Distress; the act of distraining; also, the
        thing distrained.
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     Stress of voice, unusual exertion of the voice.
     Stress of weather, constraint imposed by continued bad
        weather; as, to be driven back to port by stress of
     To lay stress upon, to attach great importance to; to
        emphasize. "Consider how great a stress is laid upon this
        duty." --Atterbury.
     To put stress upon, or To put to a stress, to strain.
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