not by any stretch

not by any stretch (of the imagination)

also by no stretch (of the imagination)
even if you try, it is still difficult to accept She was never a great player, not by any stretch of the imagination. He's nice-looking but by no stretch of the imagination could you describe him as handsome. Our survey was purely random and by no stretch scientific.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form by any stretch (of the imagination) (even possibly): It's the only plan that could, by any stretch, be relied upon to work.
See also: any, not, stretch
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A yes vote from the X Factor judges is not by any stretch of the imagination "amazing".
The long-serving striker told the Chronicle: "This isn't our season over, not by any stretch of the imagination.
OWNER Gary Newbon thought my description of Droopys Greg's Hove victory two weeks ago as 'workmanlike' was a little unfair, but the win could not by any stretch be called impressive and he makes only limited appeal heading the market for the Coral Greyhound Olympic.
And while it's not a masterpiece, not by any stretch, Colin is certainly not drivel.
Lawrence Seaway was not easily built, not by any stretch of the imagination.
It's not by any stretch of the imagination an easy ride, but it deserves attention and applause.
The volume levels stated are not by any stretch of the imagination unreasonable.
He added: "This is not by any stretch of the imagination the proper course of events.
If Patricia Lewis reads the Bible she will find that the fictitious 'God' is not by any stretch of the imagination very loving and certainly not 'pro-life' given his record for ordering mass murders, rapes, child abuse and, indeed, the killing of the unborn.
1) The fourth gospel's Jesus is no victim, however, and his death is not by any stretch a tragedy.
Asked if Wimbledon was an impossible dream, he said: "No it is not, it is not by any stretch of the imagination.
Asked if Wimbledon was an impossible dream, he replied: 'No it is not, it is not by any stretch of the imagination.
Not by any stretch of the imagination, though, as young as Justin Rose, who climbed from 24th with a round to go into a tie for fifth and was joint leading European with Swede Fredrik Jacobson - like him making his debut in the event.
Neuheisel hasn't gotten off to a textbook start at Washington, not by any stretch of the NCAA's interpretation.
We're not bankrupt, not by any stretch of the imagination," says Ebrabimoff, "but we're finding that it's not profitable to be in the American market anymore.