stretch a point

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stretch a point

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Fig. to interpret a point flexibly and with great latitude. Would it be stretching a point to suggest that everyone is invited to your picnic? To say that everyone is invited is stretching the point.
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stretch a point

Extend or enlarge beyond the usual limits, exaggerate, as in It would be stretching a point to say this novel is the work of a great writer. [Mid-1600s]
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stretch a point

To make an exception.
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And if you wanted to stretch the point, you could argue that he has won in Europe.
Though I wouldn't want to stretch the point too far, exorcism may be regarded as part of this scene, on its fringes perhaps, but part of it nonetheless.
Not to stretch the point, we even found two kids younger than Annika who could beat her record, as GARY WRIGHT reports.
Granted, certain applications stretch the point (see the faux fur shower curtain in the photo), but fur is warm and soft and does make quite a statement.
You could stretch the point and say that literature is a form of cyberspace.
To stretch the point a bit, computer graphics are to research on minimal surfaces 'in the large' what soap films are to research on minimal surfaces spanning a wire contour," Hoffman says.