Winchester is besotted with ungrammatical constructions - which defect seems allied to his peculiar strivings for genteel archaism, as when he calls a year a "twelvemonth", or refers to a short rest as a "period of quietude".
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
I Am a Parcel of Vain Strivings Tied
1I am a parcel of vain strivings tied
2 By a chance bond together,
3Dangling this way and that, their links
4 Were made so loose and wide,
6 For milder weather.
completely in love and therefore likely to behave in an unusual way or be foolish:
He was so completely besotted with her that he couldn't see how badly she treated him.
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The noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: an effortful attempt to attain a goal
Synonyms: nisus, pains, strain