at full stretch

at full stretch

Putting forth maximum effort. Primarily heard in UK. The doctors are working at full stretch to save your husband right now.
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at full stretch

BRITISH
COMMON If someone or something is operating at full stretch, they are working as hard as they can, using all their resources, and cannot work any harder. Police are warning that emergency services are at full stretch and they are advising motorists to travel only if their journey is absolutely necessary. The increased export business kept our production plants at full stretch. Note: You can also say that someone or something is fully stretched. Its 150 staff were already fully stretched and could not cope with the extra demand.
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at full stretch

1 with a part of your body fully extended. 2 using the maximum amount of your resources or energy.
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at full ˈstretch

to the full extent of your powers, abilities, etc: We’ve been working at full stretch for weeks to get the hall ready for the conference.
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References in classic literature ?
Perseus himself, the son of Danae, was at full stretch, like one who hurries and shudders with horror.
CLA North director of policy and public affairs Douglas Chalmers said: "With local authorities already having to deal with horses left on publicly-owned land and animal charities at full stretch, it's often down to the landowner to take costly legal action to have the horses removed.
At full stretch, he turned a 20-yard drive from Stuart McLeod round the post.
1 was at full stretch early on to save a Kevin McMullan strike and he followed that up to deny Kieran McAnespie and Steven Doris.
In the 32nd minute, Mellor hit a thunderous 25-yard shot which the Golcar keeper was at full stretch to save, and then it was the turn of Armitage to be stretched from a free-kick taken by ex-Kirkburton player Adam Wilson.
The Dane kept out a bullet-like header from Blues striker Garry O'Connor at full stretch from a Sebastian Larsson free-kick.
Wright had forced Potter to save at full stretch from a blistering left-sided shot on 13, and Michael Blackwood hit a free-kick just wide of the mark on the half-hour.
The Maura Molloy-owned daughter of Top Savings was the race outsider, but had her rivals at full stretch from the off and kept on strongly to win by over two lengths from Frisky Fantasy in 33.
Anyon was at full stretch to tip Mark Molesley's 25-yard drive around a post to keep the score goalless in a game of few chances.
It should have been 2-0 moments later after a defensive howler gifted the ball to the Holywell striker who shot towards the empty net only for McCallan to save at full stretch.
Murray came to Hereford's rescue when he dived at full stretch to punch clear a shot from Luke Guttridge.
The rescue services are at full stretch, Busy doing what they know best, Risking their own lives and limbs, To rescue their fellowman and beast.
David Gooding, the bureau's district manager, said: "We're at full stretch at the moment with our debt work.
The Reds' defence found itself at full stretch for the rest of the half and they were indebted again to Phillips, who denied a certain goal for Newport with her outstretched boot.
Bay custodian Jamie Speare was soon at full stretch to keep out a 20-yarder from Chris Emms, but on 34 minutes Colwyn took the lead.