by no stretch of the imagination


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by no stretch of the imagination

Unable to happen within, at, or beyond the limits of the imagination; in no possible situation or from no conceivable perspective. By no stretch of the imagination do I think our team has a chance of winning tonight. Tommy does all right in school, but by no stretch of the imagination would I call him a genius.
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by no (or not by any) stretch of the imagination

used to emphasize that something is definitely not the case.
1996 New Statesman Though it is by no stretch of the imagination a political paper, its owner has a reputation as an outspoken critic of China.
See also: imagination, no, of, stretch

by ˈno stretch of the imagination

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not by ˈany stretch of the imagination

it is completely impossible to say; by no means: By no stretch of the imagination could you call him clever.You couldn’t say that factory was beautiful, not by any stretch of the imagination!
See also: imagination, no, of, stretch