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stretcher(adjective comparative)
stretches(noun plural)
stretched(verb past tense)
stretching(verb present participle)
stretches(verb present tense)

Definitions and Meaning of stretch in English


  1. having an elongated seating area
    - a stretch limousine
  2. easily stretched
    - stretch hosiery
  1. extension to or beyond the ordinary limit
    - beyond any stretch of his understanding
    - by no stretch of the imagination
    - running at full stretch
  2. an unbroken period of time during which you do something
    Synonyms : stintExamples
    - he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary
    - there were stretches of boredom
  3. a large and unbroken expanse or distance
    - a stretch of clear water
    - a stretch of highway
  4. the capacity for being stretched
    Synonyms : stretchability, stretchiness
  5. a straightaway section of a racetrack
  6. exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
    Synonyms : stretching
  7. the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
    Synonyms : reach, reaching
  1. extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    Synonyms : extendExamples
    - Extend your right arm above your head
    - Stretch your legs!
  2. extend one's body or limbs
    Synonyms : stretch outExample
    - Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours
  3. increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
    Synonyms : extendExamples
    - extend the casserole with a little rice
    - stretch the soup by adding some more cream
  4. become longer by being stretched and pulled
    - The fabric stretches
  5. make long or longer by pulling and stretching
    Synonyms : elongateExample
    - stretch the fabric
  6. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
    Synonyms : adulterate, debase, dilute, loadExample
    - adulterate liquor
  7. extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly
    - stretch my patience
    - stretch the imagination
    - Stretch the limits
  8. pull in opposite directions
    - During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack
  9. lie down comfortably
    Synonyms : stretch outExample
    - To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass
  10. extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    Synonyms : extend, stretch out, unfoldExamples
    - extend the TV antenna
    - stretch out that piece of cloth
    - Unfold the newspaper
  11. occupy a large, elongated area
    Synonyms : stretch alongExample
    - The park stretched beneath the train line

Synonyms of stretch

reach, reaching, stretching, stretchability, stretchiness, stint, extend, stretch out, elongate, adulterate, debase, dilute, load, unfold, stretch along

Antonyms of stretch

contract, shrink

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1 stretch /ˈstrɛtʃ/verb



Learner&#;s definition of STRETCH

[+ object]:to say something that is not exactly true
  • He was stretching the truth [=exaggerating] to make the story more interesting.

  • Although it may be stretching a point [=exaggerating slightly] to say that this was his best win ever, it was nevertheless impressive.

  • (informal) She&#;s a good musician but comparing her to the legends is stretching it. [=she&#;s good but she can&#;t really be compared to the legends]

  • (informal) It&#;s stretching things to say that she enjoys his visits. [=she doesn&#;t really enjoy his visits]

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2 stretch /ˈstrɛtʃ/noun



Learner&#;s definition of STRETCH

by any/no stretch of the imagination

the seventh-inning stretch


:the time between the two halves of the seventh inning when the people watching a game traditionally stand up and stretch their legs

3 stretch /ˈstrɛtʃ/adjective

3 stretch



Learner&#;s definition of STRETCH

always used before a noun

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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstretchstretch1 /stretʃ/ ●●●S3W3 verb1make something bigger/loosera)[intransitive, transitive]LOOSEBIG to make something bigger or looser by pulling it, or to become bigger or looser as a result of being pulledA spider’s web can stretch considerably without weakening.Where can I buy those things that stretch your shoes?b)[intransitive not in progressive]BIGLONG if a material stretches, it can become bigger or longer when you pull it and then return to its original shape when you stop2body [intransitive, transitive]HBH to straighten your arms, legs, or body to full lengthCarl sat up in bed, yawned, and stretched.Always stretch before exercising.3reach [intransitive always +adv/preposition] to reach a long way for somethingstretch across/overAnn stretched across the couch and grabbed the phone.4make something tight [transitive]TIGHT to pull something so that it is tightThe canvas is stretched over a wooden frame.5time/series [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]CONTINUE/NOT STOP to continue over a period of time or in a series, or to make something do thisstretch into/on/over etcBerg’s career as a government official stretched over 20 years.With a goal in the second half, Spurs stretched their lead to 3–in space [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]DISTANCE to spread out or cover a large area of landstretch to/into/away etcRow after row of orange trees stretched to the horizon.a line stretching around the block7 →stretch your legs8 →stretch (somebody’s) patience/credulity9rule/limit [transitive] British EnglishLET/ALLOW to allow something that would not normally be allowed by a rule or limitThis once, I’ll stretch the rules and let you leave work early.We’ll stretch a point (=allow a rule to be broken) and let the baby travel free this time. →stretch the rules1(1)10 →stretch the truth/facts11 →be stretching it12food/money [intransitive, transitive] if you make an amount of money, food etc stretch or it stretches, you use less of it than you usually would so that you have it for a longer timeI’m going to have to stretch this $20 until payday →be stretched (to the limit)14 →not stretch to something15abilities [transitive]EASY to make someone use all of their skill, abilities, or intelligenceThe work’s too easy. The students aren’t being stretched enough. →stretch out→ See Verb tableExamples from the Corpusstretch• He stretched a large tarpaulin over the vehicle, tying it down at the corners.• Now there, I'd stretch a point.• Fish cakes of all kinds are a terrific way to use up leftovers or stretch a quantity of protein.• The oil slickstretched all the way to the horizon.• UncleJohn pulled hard on the bell-rope, which stretched and then broke.• There were poppy fields stretching as far as the eye could see.• elasticated straps designed to stretch easily• I was disappointed with the course -- I didn't feel I was being stretched enough.• Today, just 5% remains of the original wooded land that stretched from the Atlantic to the Mississippi.• This fabric will stretch if you wash it in hot water.• Norma picked up a stocking, stretched it and then pulled it onto her foot.• Careful, don't stretch it, it'll snap!• Sometimes we have to stretch one day's food into two.• Threads are then stretched or loosened by the weaver moving her body back and forth.• It would stretch round the equator 97 times or reach to the moon and back five times.• The elasticstretches so that the shoe can be slipped on and off.• Campersstretchedstring between posts to mark off their sites.• The exercises are designed to stretch the abilities of even the most advanced students.• Stretch the canvas so that it covers the whole frame.• The game is a lot of fun, and it really stretches the kids.• Seth stretched the phonecord around the corner so that he could speak in private.• "Can I borrow your boots?" "No, you'll stretch them."• Lycra shorts will stretch to fit you perfectly.• I think this sweater must have stretched when I washed it.stretch across/over• If this loyalty is stretched over a period of 28 years, it is certainly worthy of note!• You all saw that to begin with the tape measure stretched across from one side to the other, exactly.• Long-distancerunner Bill Emmerton once saw himself in the chain of life stretching over many generations.• That amount would be stretched over more than 25 years.• In a process which stretched over several weeks they exchanged ideas.• They stretched across the Peninsula from Newport News to Hampton.• A yellow tape is stretched across the road and Lisa hits it, finishing in 37 hours and 1 minute.stretch into/on/over etc• Long-distance runner Bill Emmerton once saw himself in the chain of life stretching over many generations.• So does Tony Gwynn, who knows what it will be like should his pursuit of. somehow stretch intoSeptember.• It was a rough job, but somehow it didn't look that different with the skin stretched overstraw instead of ribs.• Imagine a single golftournamentstretched over that time.• Joan and Jack enjoy meeting their guests and many breakfastsstretch into the mid-morning as new friendships are made.• As the wrangling has stretched into the new year, Clinton has moved up some in public esteem.• The lights of an aircraft were stretched ontimbers, but no seaplane - and I did not hit one.• It was from these vines, which stretched into Verzenay, Mailly and Verzy, that the wines of Sillery were made.stretch to/into/away etc• Except, of course, for the lone and level sands of the wreckedeconomy, which stretch away in all directions.• The castle-like stretch tointeriorskytwinkling with crystal lights.• She stretched tomanipulate the hot tap with her toe.• To his left three guards had taken the strain on a rope that ran tight and stretched to the building.• Classes are carefully time-tabled throughout the day, and occasionally stretch into the evenings.• Concreterunwaysstretched to the horizon.• It was from these vines, which stretched into Verzenay, Mailly and Verzy, that the wines of Sillery were made.stretch a point• Now there, I'd stretch a point.• We have stretched points, legitimately and logically we trust, in other areas of the structure.• But we are stretching a point, you might argue.Related topics: Material & textiles, Jail & punishmentstretchstretch2 ●○○ noun1length of land/water [countable]AREA an area of land or water, especially one that is long and narrowstretch ofa beautiful stretch of countryside2time [countable]CONTINUOUS a continuous period of timestretch ofa stretch of three weeks without sunshineShe doesn’t leave the house for long stretches of time.She rarely sleeps for eight hours at a stretch (=without stopping).3body [countable]HBH the action of stretching a part of your body out to its full length, or a particular way of doing thisThe ski instructor showed us some special stretches.4 →by any stretch (of the imagination)5 →the home/final stretch6material [uncountable]TIMLONGBIG the ability a material has to increase in length or width without tearing → stretchy7 →at full stretch8jail [countable usually singular] informalSCJPERIOD OF TIME a period of time spent in prisonExamples from the Corpusstretch• At acres Draycote Water is the biggest stretch of water in the southMidlands and offers a wide range of activities.• He spent several briefstretches in jail for minoroffences.• This is the last game in a four-day stretch here at the Forum.• an emptystretch of highway• Each slowcurve of the waterway showed another glitteringstretch with no end, however.• She looked round and saw this woman also had stretch marks on her stomach.• Some of the Acuteshidegrins, and McMurphy takes a hugestretch, yawns, winks at Harding.• Washing in hot water can make the fabric lose its stretch.• He entertained himself for long stretches with trucks and cars, mumbling to himself as he crashed them together.• Sometimes between battles, there were long stretches of time when nothing happened.• I do my stretches the minute I get out of bed.• During their worststretch of , the Padres lost 19 of their 23 games.• a seven-year stretchstretch of• a stretch of three weeks without sunshine• an empty stretch of highwaylong stretches of time• It was useful, he dis-covered, to cultivate a reserved demeanor, to stay silent for long stretches of time.stretchstretch3 adjective [only before noun]stretch clothes or material stretch if you pull them, and then return to their original shapestretch LevisExamples from the Corpusstretch• Not boring white or dark blue broadcloth, but in an explosion of colors and fabrics, from stretchdenim to corduroy.• Scuba-tight stretchpants, uncomfortable and a little too revealing, are out.From Longman Business Dictionarystretchstretch /stretʃ/ verb1[transitive]FINANCE if something stretches an amount of money or a supply of something, it uses it up so you have hardly enough for your needsOur finances are stretched to the limit.2[intransitive, transitive]FINANCE to make an amount of money last longer than usual by being careful how it is spent and not wasting itAll departments are having to stretch their budgets.3[intransitive, transitive]MARKETING if a company stretches a brand, it starts to use an existing brand name on a different type of product, hoping that people will buy it because they recognize the nameFollowing Coca-Cola’s decision to market clothes, people asked how far a brand can be stretched.→ See Verb tableOriginstretch1Old Englishstreccan


1. To reach out; to extend; to put forth. And stretch forth his neck long and small. (Chaucer) I in conquest stretched mine arm. (Shak)
2. To draw out to the full length; to cause to extend in a straight line; as, to stretch a cord or rope.
3. To cause to extend in breadth; to spread; to expand; as, to stretch cloth; to stretch the wings.
4. To maketense; to tighten; to distend forcibly. The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain. (Shak)
5. To draw or pull out to greater length; to strain; as, to stretch a tendon or muscle. Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve. (Doddridge)
6. To exaggerate; to extend too far; as, to stretch the truth; to stretch one&#;s credit. They take up, one day, the most violent and stretched prerogative. (Burke)
Origin: OE. Strecchen, AS. Streccan; akin to D. Strekken, G. Strecken, OHG. Strecchen, Sw. Stracka, Dan. Straekke; cf. AS. Straeck, strec, strong, violent, G. Strack straight; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to E. Strong. Cf. Straight.

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Meaning of stretch in English:


Pronunciation /strɛtʃ/

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[no object]
  • 1(of something soft or elastic) be made or be capable of being made longer or wider without tearing or breaking.

    ‘my jumper stretched in the wash’

    • ‘rubber will stretch easily when pulled’
    • ‘Soft, springy materials like rubber and skin don't tear easily because they stretch before breaking apart.’
    • ‘Softer metals tend to stretch more easily, which explains the different factors in the formulas for different metals.’
    • ‘If you replace your laces with elastic you will be able to tie them up before you slip your feet into them; the elastic will stretch to enable your foot to go in but will still be tight enough to hold your shoes on comfortably.’
    • ‘Some of the samples were oriented by PVA film stretching.’
    • ‘In the exact middle of the room sat a long table that had the seating capacity of fifty, and was decorated with a long tablecloth of golden fabric stretching across it.’
    • ‘Between the seven large towers of computer screens and CPUs you could see a dry-erase board stretching across the wall.’
    • ‘In Sejima's work, the envelope becomes fabric stretching between differently-sized slabs.’
    • ‘He slung the now heavy bag over his shoulder, the thick fabric stretching.’
    • ‘Celil peered up, and more ropes and wood stretched from tree to tree.’
    • ‘The clear glass stretched about 20 feet up, giving Arthur the most fantastic view he had ever seen.’
    • ‘The jeans fit him fine, but the turtleneck was a little on the tight side as the fabric stretched across his upper torso.’
    • ‘If it is too cold, he says, the plastic will be loose in summer; If it is too warm, the plastic will stretch too tight in winter.’
    • ‘Ideally, the fabric would stretch out enough for you to see through without cutting any holes.’
    • ‘Many spandex-enhanced fabrics will stretch in both directions for maximum comfort.’
    • ‘The white cloth stretched and clung around the features of her body, yet loosely.’
    • ‘But if you pull hard enough, the plastic holder stretches irreversibly and finally breaks apart.’
    • ‘The cord stretches very thinly without breaking and if the yo-yo ball is swung about the head, the cord can wind tightly around the neck and throat, potentially causing strangulation.’
    • ‘Clothes to cocoon in will be soft and comfortable, stretching and retaining shape.’
    • ‘The blood vessels, now less elastic, can't stretch as well to accommodate the blood flow, so the pressure on artery walls increases.’
    1. with objectCause (something) to become longer or wider by pulling it.

      ‘stretch the elastic’

      • ‘small squares of canvas were stretched over the bamboo frame’
      • ‘The fabric mask is stretched over the face and pressed firmly in place.’
      • ‘Then carpet is stretched over the top of the metal and tucked under the side of the Z-bar that is not secured.’
      • ‘The second balloon is stretched over the first balloon to seal in the flour.’
      • ‘Sleeves are stretched over the bottles in a continuous roll and cut to fit by four blades at a speed of sleeves per minute.’
      • ‘It is just a case of continually stretching the elastic band.’
      • ‘The Rostrevor man's shirt was stretched and pulled by the Tyrone captain before Canavan bought the free with practised skill.’
      • ‘He took the little hat from my hand, sneaking a glimpse out the window before stretching the elastic cord around his chin.’
      • ‘He wiped his palm across his face, stretching the elastic skin to a point and letting it fall back into place.’
      • ‘Jess stretched the elastic band of Lucky's undergarment as far as possible.’
      • ‘It feels like two and a half hours spent watching someone see how far they can stretch an elastic band without breaking it.’
      • ‘A cloth stretched over the board is given a coating of chalk powder mixed with a water-soluble adhesive.’
      • ‘The drums are constantly wetted to keep the fabric stretched.’
      • ‘Muscles are partially elastic so, like an elastic band, when stretched they create a passive tension.’
      • ‘Blood vessels get stretched and can break, causing bleeding.’
      • ‘Bergson's third image is an elastic band being stretched.’
      • ‘Immediately after the molt, the crab's new ‘soft shell’ is pliable and easily stretched.’
      • ‘Let the elastics cool down while stretched, then let them shrink.’
      • ‘The other half was wrapped around her daughter, stretched to breaking.’
      • ‘You can imagine the points as nails sticking out of a board with an elastic band stretched so that it rings the largest possible number of nails.’
      • ‘I saw him examining fallen leaves, a freshly-painted door, and the way in which an elastic fabric deformed when stretched.’

      pull, pull out, draw out, extend, lengthen, elongate

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  • 2Straighten or extend one's body or a part of one's body to its full length, typically so as to tighten one's muscles or in order to reach something.

    ‘the cat yawned and stretched’

    • ‘I stretched out a weary arm to turn on my radio’
    • ‘stretching my cramped legs’
    • ‘we lay stretched out on the sand’
    • ‘I got up from the rather cramped car and stretched out my muscles to give them some air.’
    • ‘She stretched out her body, her muscles loosening up from the long flight of last night.’
    • ‘This area was cooler with more grass than plain dirt, making me want to stretch out on the soft carpet and stare at the stars.’
    • ‘Allow yourself frequent practice breaks to stretch, take a walk down the hall or get a drink of water.’
    • ‘He lazily got up and stretched, his soft skin unmarked by bruises or scarring.’
    • ‘Mac stretched, rubbing the soft flesh of his stomach scraping dirty nails across a faded skull tattoo.’
    • ‘Paul sat up and stretched lazily while a soft chuckle escaped his lips.’
    • ‘Rolling over in her bed, Kirby turned off her alarm clock and stretched lazily under her soft, thick, and warm comforter.’
    • ‘She stretched languidly on the soft feather bed and imagined the duke sitting there again, just watching her, smiling at the sight of her asleep.’
    • ‘He's more flexible and more capable of moving and stretching for passes.’
    • ‘Rhythmic, lulling movement, such as, gentle rocking, stretching, jiggling and soft pressure, is applied to the body.’
    • ‘If you are working, use the breaks during meetings to stretch or take a brisk walk up the indoor stairway.’
    • ‘But I still have to allocate time for stretching, napping and sleeping, and of course, my favorite, eating.’
    • ‘So relaxed, or tired, was she that she settled down for a power nap, stretching out on the grass and resting her head on her kit bag.’
    • ‘The best place to stretch and take a nap is in the open, in the lap of nature on a hammock.’
    • ‘David asked, stretching from a much - needed nap.’
    • ‘Too many trainers dismiss stretching as something done by weekend toners, not hardcore bodybuilders.’
    • ‘I rolled over to stretch, reminding myself of Felix when he awoke from naps.’
    • ‘We'd asked the car attendant to make up the lower berth, so Yoli could stretch out and take a nap.’
    • ‘She kept her eyes open, watching her body stretch out, elongate, and dissolve.’

    extend, straighten, straighten out, unbend

    lie down, recline, lean back, be recumbent, be prostrate, be prone, sprawl, drape oneself, lounge, loll

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  • 3no object, with adverbialExtend or spread over an area or period of time.

    ‘the beach stretches for over four miles’

    • ‘the long hours of night stretched ahead of her’
    • ‘Inside the gate a carpet of bricks, plaster, glass, wood and office paper stretched around 40 feet to a crater which marked the epicentre of the explosion.’
    • ‘I was puzzled about how to eat the long and large segment of pig's bone positioned in the middle of the plate in front of me with a straw stretching into it.’
    • ‘By , no wetland and few trees were left in the region, and in many counties, cotton stretched from horizon to horizon.’
    • ‘Did you know that if you laid all of Britain's credit and debt cards end-to-end, the line of plastic would stretch from London to Bangkok?’
    • ‘When Jane Hedges, a rural dean in Devon, arrives at Westminster in January she will break a male-only tradition stretching back 1, years.’
    • ‘They are simply stretched over a much longer period.’
    • ‘The series was stretched over a leisurely five hours, two hours longer than the version.’
    • ‘In the cold dawns of January and early February in Vermont, a semi-permanent thin white crust is stretched over the frozen ground.’
    • ‘I have a terrible memory and also this writing is stretched over a few weeks.’
    • ‘The game itself is stretched over almost the entire running time of the film, interspersed with chunky flashbacks that replay key moments of Billy and Jane's life together.’
    • ‘The works of 20 composers will be stretched over eight concerts in a four-day festival.’
    • ‘These observations, we shall discover, had to be stretched over many years.’
    • ‘In fiscal terms, the number of near-death experiences in America's space program stretch back decades.’
    • ‘The view was as impressive as one would expect, stretching out over Lake Ontario and revealing the hotchpotch way in which the city has grown.’
    • ‘The ISS is expected to stretch 17 stories tall and house six research labs by its completion in ’
    • ‘They have the whole weekend stretching before them.’
    • ‘The expansion is expected to create investment and jobs in towns stretching from Hull in the east to Preston in the west.’
    • ‘About half a million people are expected to turn up for the giant street party stretching 3 kilometers in the downtown shopping district.’
    • ‘The weekend is over and you've got the whole week stretching out before you.’
    • ‘Winter in Madagascar is like summer here… hot days, warm nights which are to be expected on an island that stretches from the Tropic of Capricorn half way to the equator.’

    extend, spread, continue, range, unfold, unroll, be unbroken

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    1. Last or cause to last longer than expected.

      no object‘her nap had stretched to two hours’

      • ‘stretch your weekend into a mini summer vacation’
      • ‘The precautionary effort was expected to stretch into this week.’
      • ‘There are also plans to obtain extended drinking hours and a dance licence, so the weekend stretches out just that little bit longer.’
      • ‘Stein's interim stint, expected to last two months, stretched to a year.’
      • ‘He seems to have privately concluded that his team are unlikely to beat the Turkish champions, whose run of consecutive home wins stretched to 18 matches last weekend.’
      • ‘Conservative estimates are just for the day, but depending on what other cosmetic alterations she requires, it could stretch out for the whole weekend.’
      • ‘The Games have thus begun in the worst conceivable manner, with an almighty drugs story dominating all headlines and now stretching beyond the weekend.’
      • ‘The film stretches 20 minutes of ‘real time’ in the lives of its two protagonists into the 84 minutes of the film.’
      • ‘The minutes of silence stretched into hours as the sun climbed steadily overhead.’

      prolong, lengthen, make longer, extend, extend the duration of, draw out, spin out, protract

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    2. no object(of finances or resources) be sufficient or adequate for a certain purpose.

      ‘my budget won't stretch to a weekend at a health farm’

      • ‘Sadly, finances would not stretch to pay for her two children, Emma, 15, and Daniel, 13, and Paul's three grown-up children to go too.’
      • ‘‘I don't know if the club's finances will stretch to allow me to keep two keepers on the go,’ admitted the manager.’
      • ‘It's often said that resources won't stretch to having a Garda on every street corner to maintain law and order.’
      • ‘Arson, theft and criminal damage have all taken their toll on his allotment, and his pension cannot stretch to replacing yet more greenhouse windows, sheds, tools and crops.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, they are self - funding, and no doubt those funds will stretch to establish more such schools.’
      • ‘Surely her trust fund could stretch to a couple of quid.’
      • ‘This is bad news for local first-time buyers whose salaries may not stretch to flats at £80, and upwards.’
      • ‘He completed the root canal begun by dentist number one only to announce that my insurance wouldn't stretch to a crown.’
      • ‘Money doesn't stretch to going out every night but films, almost all of which are pirated, are cheap to buy.’
      • ‘He had wanted to read medicine but family funds could not stretch to this, nor to veterinary science, his second choice.’
      • ‘Now officers had to either pay for the device or return it - and as the budget could not stretch to the purchase price they had requested contributions from parish councils.’
      • ‘Everybody realises that CDs should be cheaper, from people who know the background to teenyboppers who realise their pocket money doesn't stretch that far.’
      • ‘This is presently coupled with our mortgage company deciding they want the arrears paid off and money doesn't stretch in all directions at once.’
      • ‘Over the past two years, the costs of solar panels have almost halved - meaning the money will stretch even further.’
      • ‘With toys, stationery, games and sweets, pocket money can stretch that much further.’
      • ‘Their life means juggling time with their children with long hours, unsociable shifts, and with a wage that won't stretch to pay for clothes, trainers and educational trips.’
      • ‘We stopped wondering if we would fit, if the money would stretch, where I would get a job… none of that seemed important.’
      • ‘If you can stretch to the price this is a great speaker system.’
      • ‘She is now worried that she'll be forced to make the pensioners pay more than their current 50p contribution which she fears they won't be able to stretch to.’
      • ‘We pay thousands of pounds in rent and you would think the council could stretch to some illuminations in the right place.’
  • 4with objectMake great demands on the capacity or resources of.

    ‘the cost of the court case has stretched their finances to the limit’

    • ‘Now, precious resources are being stretched even further.’
    • ‘But the real issue is that important resources are being stretched.’
    • ‘And police resources could be further stretched if there is a repeat of last year's illegal rave at Marloes on the August Bank Holiday weekend.’
    • ‘The force's resources have been stretched by the night-time chaos, so no doubt they will be pleased to see the back of the club as it will allow them to spend time on other issues.’
    • ‘Senior police are increasingly concerned that the amount of time officers are spending in court is pushing stretched resources to breaking point.’
    • ‘As you know, there are some in New York who believe your resources are being stretched too thin in New York right now.’
    • ‘The volunteer doctors there are stretched to capacity and are too few, especially at the height of malaria season.’
    • ‘Labour also fears resources will be stretched at a time when its membership is depleted.’
    • ‘The airline's resources had been stretched to breaking point as it used its aircraft to evacuate passengers from Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.’
    • ‘The Red Cross centre is currently a temporary home to 1, people trying to get to Britain and is stretched well beyond its capacity.’
    • ‘Resources could be stretched thin over a very expensive and potentially indefinite campaign.’
    • ‘Military resources will be stretched during the expected conflict making it difficult to deploy troops to cover again for striking firemen and women.’
    • ‘The Roscommon scenario may be somewhat of an exception but a number of other county boards appear extremely stretched in making ends meet.’
    • ‘One was a loyalist, though his loyalty had been stretched over the past few days.’
    • ‘Even with plans to import labour from neighbouring countries, Government's plans will continue to put a strain on already stretched resources.’
    • ‘The city has had to find alternative accommodation for those rendered homeless by the process, thus putting a further strain on its already stretched budget.’
    • ‘And that, in turn, could place major strains on an already stretched relief effort.’
    • ‘But the longer this goes on the more stretched we will be in July when we expect the bulk of them to come in.’
    • ‘Merrion expect this would stretch the team's operational capabilities.’
    • ‘From April it will be expected to find cash from an already stretched budget if it wants to keep the posts filled.’

    put a strain on, put great demands on, overtax, overextend, be too much for

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    1. Cause (someone) to make maximum use of their talents or abilities.

      ‘it's too easy—it doesn't stretch me’

      • ‘Considered the toughest event, the obstacle course is a test to the cadet's stamina and ability to stretch him beyond his limits.’
      • ‘However, the extent to which this exercise stretches me personally is a constant surprise.’
      • ‘It stretched me as a person and opened my mind to many new parts of myself.’
      • ‘He's been training and stretching me over past years - but is it enough?’
      • ‘I feel it's stretching me and I've only been here for one morning.’
      • ‘‘Everything has been good, even if it doesn't sound great, because it stretches you,’ Hall says.’
      • ‘‘As we have said, if we get a few injuries it stretches us and that is certainly the case at the moment,’ he said.’
      • ‘It's a brilliant script that really stretches us all, but hopefully it'll be an exciting piece of theatre which is also full of meaty ideas.’
      • ‘Apart from that, Motherwell controlled much of the play but apart from Steven Hammell's first-half free-kick they rarely stretched Alan Main.’
      • ‘He brought you out of yourself, stretched you intellectually.’
      • ‘I found it rewarding, educational and pretty full on - it really stretched me.’
      • ‘It was her psychotherapist who pointed out why that role stretched her so much.’
      • ‘‘I always look for roles that are going to stretch me,’ he says.’
      • ‘Martin said: ‘As soon as we got out there they started to really stretch us, but it was a case of pushing ourselves to the limit as well.’’
      • ‘‘Intellectually, theatre can stretch you as much as anything else’, he tells me earnestly.’
      • ‘It doesn't stretch us intellectually in any way.’
      • ‘Silsden were up and able to use the wide-open spaces to stretch the ten men of Carlton.’
      • ‘It's time to pull out the empty canvas and stretch your mind.’
      • ‘Walking rather than driving on that short trip to the shops or school, using the stairs and trying to do gardening, sport or something slightly physically stretching at the weekend will help us stay healthy.’
      • ‘In fact, women are being expected to stretch themselves until they become superwomen.’
    2. informal Adapt or extend the scope of (something) in a way that exceeds a reasonable or acceptable limit.
      • ‘to describe her as sweet would be stretching it a bit’
      • ‘You know, nothing hurts the truth like stretching it, and he stretched it just a lot.’
      • ‘Now that's stretching it a bit, don't you agree?’
      • ‘If I told you that, I would be stretching it a bit.’
      • ‘‘This idea that Gordon rode into town on his white horse and saved the day is stretching it a bit,’ one source said.’
      • ‘Or stretching it a bit further, it becomes more abstract as a thought.’
      • ‘Maybe that is stretching it a bit, but needless to say I was overmatched.’
      • ‘True, one does encounter a couple of stray Marxists in humanities departments, but to say they run the show is stretching it a bit.’
      • ‘Although 27 years might be stretching it a bit, I think I could make that sacrifice in this instance.’
      • ‘So to say that somehow these projects were given to us is stretching it way beyond the truth.’
      • ‘In my opinion, to conclude that the gesture represents some kind of favouritism for Rangers is stretching it.’


  • 1An act of stretching one's limbs or body.

    ‘I got up and had a stretch’

    • ‘Full body stretches should also be done before using the ball.’
    • ‘Relax the pectoral muscle and deepen the chest stretch by turning the body away from the arm for another count of 15 seconds.’
    • ‘The body stretches are often held for longer than those that might be employed by a shiatsu practitioner or massage therapist.’
    • ‘Reaching back, I held my body in a languorous stretch.’
    • ‘The new concept being to feel some good pain from the stretch then relaxing and letting go, softening the stretch and your general body tension.’
    • ‘He did a long stretch, and his body ached but he felt fully restored, and all he needed now was breakfast.’
    • ‘Body training consists of various gentle stretches and meditation postures to open the meridian lines.’
    • ‘It's more a form of qi gong than tai chi - meditative postures and simple stretches.’
    • ‘Always take time to warm up before your primary activity and finish up with a long stretch while your body is still hot and elastic.’
    • ‘Do the apparatus-specific stretches, and if you have time, several more stretches for the body's other major muscle groups.’
    • ‘In pre-training, stretches should be done slowly and with caution since your body has not completely warmed up.’
    • ‘Students may do simple stretches before a practice session, such as extending the arms overhead or doing a forward bend, to relax the muscles and focus the mind.’
    • ‘If we practice the stretches properly, pain will not occur…’
    • ‘Even if you can't bear the thought of the gym or an aerobics class, doing simple stretches at home can do a lot to help maintain strength, flexibility and a good range of joint movement.’
    • ‘Incorporating some simple stretches and breathing exercises into the daily routine could pave the way for a wonderful stress free life.’
    • ‘On certain long-distance flights, videos of simple stretches for passengers were being shown, he said.’
    • ‘You should not push your stretches too far as you can cause yourself permanent injury.’
    • ‘She huffed, stood up, arched her back in a heavyweight stretch, turned to the fountain and started in on a long, long drink.’
    • ‘Simple stretches and exercises are the order of the day, but the tots also learn the mechanics of their bodies, the importance of healthy eating and hygiene.’
    • ‘This session consists of a variety of gentle stretches or movements to help open your lungs, followed by breathing exercises and awareness practices.’

    reach out, hold out, put out, extend, outstretch, thrust out, stick out

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    1. mass nounThe fact or condition of a muscle being stretched.

      ‘she could feel the stretch and pull of the muscles in her legs’

      • ‘Muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs are receptor organs found inside skeletal muscle, which are stimulated by stretch of the muscle or tension on the tendon.’
      • ‘The essential clinical feature of compartment syndrome in conscious patients is severe pain out of proportion to the injury, aggravated by passive muscle stretch.’
      • ‘Stimulation of these receptors by stretch or chemical agents triggers impulses along nonmyelinated vagal afferents.’
      • ‘Recently it has been suggested that several different regions of titin might play a role in the sensing of stretch in muscle by binding various ligands.’
      • ‘Look for a machine that allows the extra stretch for the best muscle development.’
      • ‘Is the reduction in respiratory amplitude an effect of vagal inhibitory feedback from lung stretch?’
      • ‘The data presented in Fig.3 show that the filament spacing decreased with stretch of the muscles.’
      • ‘With muscular pain, the pain sensation may be due to distension or stretch of the muscular walls or to transient ischemia of the muscle.’
      • ‘In both models, circumferential microvascular stretch increased Nitrogen Oxide production in isolated lungs.’
      • ‘BNP is released by the left ventricle of the heart when it experiences ventricular overload and ventricular stretch.’
      • ‘This peptide is released by ventricular myocytes when heart failure causes increased wall stretch.’
      • ‘Turn right foot slightly outward, bend right knee over right foot until stretch is felt in inner thigh on left.’
      • ‘The endothelial responses to circumferential vascular stretch are poorly defined.’
      • ‘Wounding of epithelial cells was dependent on the amplitude of stretch and on the rate of stretch.’
      • ‘Our results differ from those found in chondrocytes exposed to mechanical stretch.’
      • ‘Cyclical stretch has been shown to induce the release of various inflammatory mediators, which can lead to leukocyte adhesion in vitro.’
      • ‘Anal stretch was found to have a significantly higher risk of incontinence than controlled sphincterotomy in surgical trials and a higher risk of treatment failure.’
      • ‘As you start your forward movement with the lower body, feel the stretch in your upper body increase momentarily before the arms swing down.’
      • ‘You should feel the stretch in the back of your legs.’
      • ‘Keeping your back straight, allow your upper body to lean forward until you feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders.’
    2. mass noun, usually as modifierThe capacity of a material or garment to stretch or be stretched; elasticity.

      ‘stretch jeans’

      • ‘A picture of a giraffe or a lion on quality stretch cotton material will also be an ideal choice.’
      • ‘These stretch materials make the shorts fit perfectly, offer great support and look great too.’
      • ‘The slim cut stretch denim jeans envelop the contour of the female form like a second skin, giving a slim and seductive outline to the hip and legs.’
      • ‘Becky had thrown her stretch jeans in there and I decided that it wouldn't hurt if I borrowed them just this once!’
      • ‘The spandex in stretch jeans causes them to shrink more, but after a few minutes of wear, they'll be perfect again!’
      • ‘She wears stretch jeans and a white sweatshirt with glittery appliquéd gingham teddy bears.’
      • ‘The new process allows three times as much stretch in the material before tearing, opening the door to more complex shapes in aluminum for automotive use.’
      • ‘Care for hologram stretch knits by turning garments inside out and laundering them by hand; air dry.’
      • ‘As the material has less stretch, it is advisable to check with the bow manufacturer, if it can be used.’
      • ‘I know too, that nylon and stretch elastic, cast aside by fishermen, catches around seabirds' legs and either slowly kills or maims them.’
      • ‘Finally, the elastic lost all its stretch and they ended up in a wad in the back of my closet, but I always loved those two shades of blue fabric.’
      • ‘Because of the fabric's stretch, all garment seams are stress seams.’
      • ‘In he created the first stretch jeans, utilizing a specially and produced innovative stretch indigo denim.’
      • ‘New features like liquid tapped seams, high quality thin stretch rubber and integrated hoods have made winter surfing more enjoyable and more accessible.’
      • ‘She was wearing black stretch pants and a purple t-shirt.’
      • ‘The knit's stretch and texture eliminate exact garment fitting and stitching techniques.’
      • ‘We've got a full line, with pants, shirts, hats, our own stretch denim and a girls' line as well.’
      • ‘The beauty of stretch is that you can wear your jeans a lot tighter without sacrificing comfort.’
    3. informal A difficult or demanding task.
      • ‘it was a stretch for me to come up with the rent’
      • ‘Ensuring that her children are fed properly is a stretch.’
      • ‘It has been a huge stretch for my progressive little heart and soul.’
      • ‘I think any role is a balance between a stretch and knowing that you can do it.’
      • ‘Also, nobody on this team can make shots consistently from beyond 15 feet, and even that distance is a stretch.’
  • 2A continuous area or expanse of land or water.

    ‘a treacherous stretch of road’

    • ‘Most of the game is set in open expanses of water framed by nondescript stretches of land and changing weather conditions.’
    • ‘But what of the people it might displace, areas of fertile land that might become stretches of wasteland and even the water wars that might ensue?’
    • ‘She has sailed round Cape Horn, one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world, on a three-mast wooden ship.’
    • ‘The patch, in San Francisco Bay, was one of the most treacherous stretches of water on the Pacific coast.’
    • ‘But to get there you have to cross a treacherous stretch of water called Jack Sound.’
    • ‘Every piece of land, even a stretch of road, is probably subdivided into many lots.’
    • ‘The areas are immense and the effect is the replacement of open land with vast stretches of water.’
    • ‘Traffic on the main road was diverted on the Sunday night as the flood waters rose on a stretch of the road.’
    • ‘If you are in a helicopter, you will see a picturesque stretch of water with trees and huts like blobs of green and brown on a canvas of ochre-blue.’
    • ‘Windows of four buses were broken by branches as buses struggled to negotiate the narrow streets - although trees on the narrower stretches of the planned diversion route had been cut back.’
    • ‘Near Pensacola, long stretches of beachfront property look bombed out.’
    • ‘Highway engineers also plan to put up fencing along large stretches of the bypass to stop newts, badgers and foxes from straying onto the road.’
    • ‘Anglers wishing to tackle the stretch should take of the rapid rising tides and also are reminded that vehicles should not be taken down the bank until the hay has been cut.’
    • ‘Once dug up, the stretch was never properly repaired again and it becomes flooded after every downpour, they say.’
    • ‘In , it was the turn of a stretch of the Aravalli mountain ranges in Rajasthan and Haryana.’
    • ‘He was referring to a flight of steps along a stretch of riverbank opposite Clohessy's Bar.’
    • ‘Blackpool council has drawn up radical plans to turn its stretch of coastline, known as the Golden Mile, into what some have called the new Las Vegas of Europe.’
    • ‘Because this usually means hauling up other soil-stabilizing flora along with the moss, the practice turns vast stretches of poor soil into wasteland.’
    • ‘The sun breaks through the clouds every now and then, lighting up the silvery bodies of planes that cross the stretch of horizon visible through the window.’
    • ‘What did surprise us was the extent and the incredibly good condition of this large stretch of wall that was found here.’

    expanse, area, tract, belt, sweep, extent, spread, reach

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    1. A continuous period of time.

      ‘long stretches of time’

      • ‘It'll be my first break in ten months - the longest stretch between holidays for years - and I can't wait.’
      • ‘The substitutions aside, the siege of the England goal continues with long stretches of French possession interrupted by the briefest of respites.’
      • ‘Toronto continued their recent stretch of playing good ball by ending Orlando's three-game win streak with a convincing victory.’
      • ‘The two switched roles in December while the team was in the midst of its worst stretch of the season.’
      • ‘Whereas a literary scholar today might take, say, to as his or her specialist period, Auerbach's period stretches for almost three thousand years.’
      • ‘The figure has stayed below the 2, mark in an unbroken stretch since July last year but continued to show some volatility into the first half of this year.’
      • ‘These were the last stretch of holidays left before she graduated, and after that, she intended to live in L.A.’
      • ‘The slump between New Year's Eve and Memorial Day is a long stretch with little to celebrate.’
      • ‘The Tories ruled for more than two - thirds of the time. Periods of progressive government were intervals in long stretches of Conservative rule.’
      • ‘The former king is fondly remembered for the relative prosperity that marked his year reign, the last stretch of peace the country has known.’
      • ‘Although the drug cannot curb progression of the disease, it can stimulate temporary normalcy of limb movement for long stretches in a day.’
      • ‘Phillip remained alone with his sister's body for an unbearable stretch of time.’
      • ‘Fahd, who rose to the throne in , suffered short-term memory loss and an inability to concentrate for long stretches after his stroke in ’
      • ‘When I travel I drive for long stretches with the radio turned off.’
      • ‘Alternate each lap with a pool-length stretch of easier freestyle swimming.’
      • ‘They've had a lot of funding cuts and staff cuts, and as a result all the staff are doing these crazy stretches of double shifts.’
      • ‘Ryne Sandberg was the best second baseman in baseball for a ten-year stretch.’
      • ‘To try to see the events of those times in perspective across a such a vast stretch of time is difficult indeed.’
      • ‘They certainly don't deserve watching a judge turn his gaze away from the stage for long stretches of time while difficult routines are being strenuously performed.’
      • ‘The monotonous stretches of this concert package make it difficult to feel anything about him at all.’
    2. informal A period of time spent in prison.
      • ‘a four-year stretch for tax fraud’
      • ‘Its leaders, who were sentenced to long stretches in prison, declared the dissolution of the organisation.’
      • ‘Many of those who tuck guns in their waistbands and shoot up their neighborhoods hardly flinch at the prospect of doing a long stretch in prison if caught.’
      • ‘But it is Ted who ends up doing a stretch in prison.’
      • ‘His mother, a drug addict who had become a criminal to feed her habit, was doing a long stretch in prison.’
      • ‘A pervert who tried to lure young children into his car from the streets of York is facing a long stretch in prison.’
      • ‘The sad truth is that at 61, Fischer is right to question his own ability to survive a long stretch in prison.’
      • ‘She isn't doing a lengthy stretch in Holloway Prison, but she may as well be.’
      • ‘He was a model prisoner during his three-year stretch in the Indiana State prison.’
      • ‘The delay was caused by a year stretch in a Louisiana prison for armed robbery.’
      • ‘He loves his children too much and he wouldn't risk a stretch in jail just because of him.’
    3. mainly North American A straight part of a racetrack, typically the home straight.

      ‘he made a promising start, but faded down the stretch’

      • ‘When the horses turn the final stretch, the spectators become more animated.’
      • ‘Once he switched to his right lead in the stretch, I knew he was home.’
      • ‘The four-year-old colt drove clear while opening a three-length lead entering the stretch.’
      • ‘He charged into the lead entering the stretch and drove with determination to the wire.’
      • ‘It pressed the pace for most of the race, took the lead at the top of the stretch, but lost the race by half-a-length to a closer that snuck by on the inside.’
    4. Sailing The distance covered on one tack.

      ‘Saturday’s qualifying was a new experience for me as I blew the minute pin on the back stretch and had to cut the field and come back around the entire course.’

      • ‘In the front stretch, directly in front of the thousand of rabid race fans in attendance, Fox’s Pracer blew over coming down back on the bottom in an impressive degree flip.’
  • 3 informal A stretch limo.

    • ‘a chauffeur-driven stretch’
    • ‘They will arrive in stretch limousines and helicopters.’
    • ‘Police believe she may have heard thieves trying to break into two high-value cars, including a stretch limousine belonging to her husband, outside their house in Wembley.’
    • ‘A chance to be chauffeur driven in a stretch limousine to a romantic dinner for two is one of the lots on offer at an auction during the Mayor of Bolton's annual dinner and cabaret.’
    • ‘Another very interesting vehicle is the stretch Hummer limo.’
    • ‘For its part, the planemaker has not committed to any such stretch tiltrotor beyond the artist's conception stage.’
    • ‘Exiting through my front door, we were greeted by a white stretch limousine which I knew had created a great deal of drama between Greg and Robbie.’
    • ‘The girls, the musicians and I, were even treated to a stretch limousine ride to the theater and the show began.’
    • ‘There were five Aussies in our stretch taxi and two Palestinians, our driver and our guide.’
    • ‘All of their friends had coupled off for the upcoming night and they had arranged to share a white stretch limousine.’
    • ‘When he was appointed Archbishop of York, Hope was offered, in the way of bishops, a stretch Rover but turned it down.’


    at a stretch
    • 1In one continuous period.

      ‘I often had to work for over twenty hours at a stretch’

      • ‘There is the possibility of continuous rain lashing the city for 10 hours or more at a stretch at least twice during this period.’
      • ‘Nobody noticed that I didn't eat for eighteen or twenty hours at a stretch.’
      • ‘At two points during my mission, I will wear blood pressure monitors on my arm and my fingers for twenty-four hours at a stretch.’
      • ‘In addition to the 18 hours a week she spends riding and lifting weights, she builds her own trails, laboring with shovel and pickax for six hours at a stretch.’
      • ‘Of O'Hanlon, who is paying £50 a day for the privilege, they expect nothing except that he will stay in his bunk while they work, for up to 30 hours and more at a stretch.’
      • ‘There are frequent outages, the generators trip, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that it is not the wealthy areas that have to do without electricity for eight hours at a stretch.’
      • ‘There are times I have practiced hours at a stretch.’
      • ‘For those who prefer wearing jeans for long hours at a stretch, or wear a pair for several days while on a hike or holiday, a comfort fit or a relaxed fit could be far more comfortable than a regular fit or a tapering fit.’
      • ‘Also, interns in hospitals often are made to work for more than 30 hours at a stretch - without any ‘real’ sleep breaks.’
      • ‘And for the next few days, the exhausted scientist slept almost round the clock, making up for the months when he often worked 36 hours at a stretch.’
    • 2Only with difficulty or in extreme circumstances.

      ‘it is aimed at one age group, adults, or, at a stretch, business studies students’

      • ‘Mr Hoult said that at a stretch, local authorities could cope with a disaster on the scale of Lockerbie.’
      • ‘Now, had it not been, we would have done one of three things: moved somewhere else with a better primary, fiddled the system to get her into a good school in a different catchment area or, at a stretch, gone private.’
      • ‘Its flexibility extends to its passengers too: it is capable of seating three people comfortably and four at a stretch, and is intended to make the point that it is wasteful to own a larger car when a smaller one will do.’
      • ‘One could, at a stretch, defend Moore by saying that while he might think the average Joe puts himself at more risk by owning a gun, trained bodyguards who undoubtedly know how to use them make people safer.’
      • ‘One could, at a stretch, suggest that there are so few prisoners likely to be interested in voting that permitting it for those who do care would make no difference to any single election.’
      • ‘Instead the prevailing feeling is of woodiness, of being in a lofty barn or, at a stretch, a medieval great hall.’
      • ‘From what I understand she was born in India and didn't come here until she was 14, so even at a stretch we cannot claim she was Scottish born and bred.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong - I'm all for posthumanity, and thus at a stretch prehumanity as construct.’
      • ‘Yet, at a stretch, your verse reads as a kind of continuous narrative of self.’
    at full stretch
    • 1With a part of one's body fully extended.

      ‘at the wheel was a short figure, arms at full stretch’

      • ‘In the first match in Bombay, Jonty Rhodes effected two run-outs and took three catches, one of which was taken at full stretch, body at least four feet off the ground.’
      • ‘I turned around and saw another guard coming towards me with his arms at full stretch.’
      • ‘The rower drops the oar into the water coiled forward with his arms at full stretch.’
      • ‘I dropped down onto the now still fans, feeling horror when I accidentally trod on Ian's lifeless arm, then dangled myself at full stretch and dropped with a heavy thud to the floor.’
      • ‘It could have been worse - Fettis producing a fine one-handed save at full stretch to turn away a fierce Kevin Evans volley - and half-time couldn't come soon enough for City.’
      • ‘It looked an unpromising situation until the young striker produced an improvised overhead kick which had Bryn Halliwell at full stretch to turn the ball away.’
      • ‘It looked a certain winner but Freestone yet again produced the improbable to push the danger away at full stretch.’
      • ‘It was particularly rough on Halliwell who moments earlier had been at full stretch to hold Hugh Robertson's yard free kick which had looked destined for the bottom right-hand corner.’
      1. Using the maximum amount of one's resources or energy.

        ‘increased export business kept our production plants at full stretch’

        • ‘‘The Environment Agency's resources are working at full stretch and due to an oversight the sluice was not closed,’ said a spokesman.’
        • ‘Arsenal, at their leisure, mesmerised Charlton at full stretch.’
        • ‘The decision is widely seen as having dealt a serious blow to the joint bid by the Scottish and Irish football associations, which between them are at full stretch to deliver the eight suitable stadiums required to host the tournament.’
        • ‘It proves the artistic value of maintaining a company of actors long-term: here is a large cast, each member performing at full stretch, completely united to a common purpose.’
        • ‘‘For all three years that we have been involved in European football to a very decent level, we have been at full stretch,’ said O'Neill that day.’
        • ‘We went pretty close last season but for all three years that we have been involved in European football to a very decent level I think we are kind of at full stretch and I think what you are trying to add is that bit of extra quality.’
    by no stretch of the imagination
    • Used to emphasize that something is definitely not the case.

      ‘by no stretch of the imagination could Carl ever be called good-looking’

      • ‘We haven't seen the best of him, not by any stretch of the imagination, because he has still to get more match fitness and a lot more comfortable.’
      • ‘It wasn't perfect, of course - not by any stretch of the imagination.’
      • ‘Wood dismissed this notion when he wrote of Dala, ‘Though a large fire, it was circumscribed, and by no stretch of the imagination could it be associated with a bush fire.’’
      • ‘Given these circumstances, by no stretch of the imagination could anyone claim that the decision to take the cheque was a decision that the seafarers made of their own free will and choice.’
      • ‘The birds almost lifted the mood but their communications could be described by no stretch of the imagination as song, sounding more like a smoke alarm running out of batteries.’
      • ‘The flaw in the vision is that by no stretch of the imagination can any parent claim to be representative of any other parent.’
      • ‘But by no stretch of the imagination can these mistakes be described as gross negligence.’
      • ‘The numbers of counsellors available are not by any stretch of the imagination meeting demand.’
      • ‘His name appears nowhere within the text of the article and it is not by any stretch of the imagination an attack piece.’
      • ‘They are not by any stretch of the imagination part of a calorie-controlled diet.’
    stretch a point
    • Allow or do something not usually acceptable.

      ‘since your daughter is one of my regular patients, I'm stretching a point’

      • ‘My companion's pan-fried fillet of wild sea bass with herb vermicelli and confit tomato jus seemed to pass muster, though I suspect describing it as ‘wild’ was stretching a point.’
      • ‘Certainly, young players need far more and better conditioning than club rugby can ever offer them, but to claim that the pinnacle of the club game in Scotland is irrelevant to the professional ranks seems to be stretching a point.’
      • ‘While it would be stretching a point to say the government is benefiting from a ‘feelgood factor’, there is no ‘feelbad factor’ either.’
      • ‘To claim the better team lost would be stretching a point, but what is indisputable is that Third Division Brechin emerged from this game with considerably more credit than Rangers.’
      • ‘Yet he was stretching a point, since Aberdeen showed more composure in the game's key moments.’
      • ‘But it really stretches a point to include Heidegger in a book about political correctness.’
      • ‘And - to stretch a point - there are three exotic takes on Scottish history.’
      • ‘Pardon me stretching a point, but if an ordinary restaurant diner can be expected to recognise an organised crime type, why can't the police?’
      • ‘This may be stretching a point, but it does underline how bluntly the race card figures in the current conflict.’
      • ‘To call it essential, however, may be stretching a point - a good deal of this information exists in other volumes and online.’
    stretch one's legs
    • Go for a short walk after sitting in one place for some time.

      ‘there is an hour's stop in Sudbury for everyone to stretch their legs’

      • ‘What the younger lot should remember is that there is no question of sitting up and stretching your legs at any point of time.’
      • ‘While trying to make small talk, I watch as he stretches his legs, walking between window and chair, clutching a pack of cigarettes.’
      • ‘At the end of the day, I'd get off the bus a couple of stops early and walk home just to stretch my legs.’
      • ‘‘After lunch, he went out for a walk to stretch his legs as he usually does,’ Janice told the New York Times yesterday.’
      • ‘Early spring breakers are walking the beaches or stretching their legs on Cashel Mountain.’
      • ‘When I awoke, it was already dark, but I fancied stretching my legs so I started walking and didn't stop until I reached here.’
      • ‘Also, if you do spend hours each day in a chair, make sure you take a break from sitting - walk around, stretch your legs, make sure the circulation in your body is not becoming stagnant.’
      • ‘I too wanted to stretch my legs and walk around a little just to fit in and look the same as the rest of the people that crowded around us.’
      • ‘When she finished making her sandwich she decided to go for a walk to stretch her legs while she ate.’
      • ‘Dropping them off at the motor coach, she decided to take a walk and stretch her legs.’


Old English streccan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch strekken and German strecken. The noun dates from the late 16th century.

What is STRETCHING? What does STRETCHING mean? STRETCHING meaning, definition \u0026 explanation

at a stretch

Also, at one stretch. At one time, during one period. For example, Working quickly, she hoped to finish all the drawings at a stretch. In contrast to the nearly synonymous at a sitting, this idiom, first recorded in , does not imply being seated while engaging in a single continuous activity. Rather, it transfers the meaning of stretch as “a continuous length” to “a continuous time period.”



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Atarax, ataraxia, at arm's length, Atascadero, at a sitting, at a stretch, at a time, Atatürk, Ataturk, Kemal, atavic, atavism

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\ ˈstrechHow to pronounce stretch (audio)\

stretched; stretching; stretches

transitive verb

1: to extend (one's limbs, one's body, etc.) in a reclining position

2: to reach out : extendstretched out her arms

3: to extend in lengthstretched his neck to see what was going on

4: to fell with or as if with a blow

5: to cause the limbs of (a person) to be pulled especially in torture

6: to draw up (one's body) from a cramped, stooping, or relaxed position

7: to pull tautcanvas stretched on a frame

8a: to enlarge or distend especially by force

b: to extend or expand as if by physical forcestretch one's mind with a good book

c: strainstretched his already thin patience

9: to cause to reach or continue (as from one point to another or across a space)stretch a wire between two posts

10a: to amplify or enlarge beyond natural or proper limitsthe rules can be stretched this once

b: to expand (as by improvisation) to fulfill a larger functionstretching a dollar

11: to extend (a hit) to an extra base usually by fast or daring runningstretch a single into a double

intransitive verb

1a: to become extended in length or breadth or both : spreadbroad plains stretching to the sea

b: to extend over a continuous periodthe dynasty stretches back several centuries

2: to become extended without breaking

3a: to extend one's body or limbsstretched before joggingwanted to stretch out on the sofa

b: to lie down at full length

stretch a point

: to go beyond what is strictly warranted in making a claim or concession

stretch one&#;s legs

2: to take a walk in order to relieve stiffness caused by prolonged sitting

1a: an exercise of something (such as the understanding or the imagination) beyond ordinary or normal limitstheir conclusion seemed like a bit of a stretch

b: an extension of the scope or application of somethinga stretch of language

2: the extent to which something may be stretched

3a: the act of stretching: the state of being stretcheda good stretch for legs

b: the position of a pitcher standing sideways to home plate so as to keep a runner close to a basepitching from the stretch

4a: an extent in length or areaan open stretch of road

b: a continuous period of timecan write for eight hours at a stretch

5: a walk to relieve fatigue

6: a term of imprisonmentserved a year stretch

7a: either of the straight sides of a racecourseespecially: homestretch

b: a final stage (as of a contest or season)won some crucial games down the stretch

8: the capacity for being stretched : elasticitya waistband with lots of stretch

2: longer than the standard sizea stretch limousine


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