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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.
See also: imagination, of, stretch
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We feel pretty good about what we accomplished this year under the circumstances, but by no stretch of the imagination is anybody satisfied with what we did.
By no stretch of the imagination can he be regarded as a spiritual leader.
Getting rid of Ponciano may have been the appropriate response to begin the process of restoring credibility to the athletic program, but by no stretch of the imagination is it the last.
Proposition 13 slowed the rate of increase in per-student public school spending to less than the national average, but by no stretch of the imagination did it decrease spending.
But by no stretch of the imagination does it mean a bomb did not blow up the airplane.