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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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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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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References in classic literature ?
Sir,' I exclaimed, 'sitting here within these four walls, at one stretch, I have endured and forgiven the four hundred and ninety heads of your discourse.
The senior history major made 20 of 24 shots, including two 3-pointers and six dunks, and at one stretch accounted for 20 straight points for his nationally ranked team.
Six weeks plus is far took long at one stretch for the children and youths to be off.