at a stretch


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at a stretch

Without a break or interruption. The phrase is usually preceded by a length of time. I can only drive five hours at a stretch, so you'll have to take over soon.
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at a stretch

continuously; without stopping. We all had to do eight hours of duty at a stretch. The baby doesn't sleep for more than three hours at a stretch.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 1774, 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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

at a stretch

1 in one continuous period. 2 with much effort or difficulty.
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at a ˈstretch

(of periods of time) without stopping; continuously: She practises the piano for hours at a stretch. OPPOSITE: in snatches
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