by any stretch of the imagination

by any stretch of the imagination

As much or as far as one is able to imagine or believe. Usually used in the negative. It's looking like we're not going to win by any stretch of the imagination. I can't see by any stretch of the imagination how we're going to pull this off.
See also: any, by, imagination, of, stretch
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by any stretch of the imagination

as much as anyone could imagine; as much as is imaginable. (Often negative.) I don't see how anyone by any stretch of the imagination could fail to understand what my last sentence meant.
See also: any, by, imagination, of, stretch
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

by any stretch of the imagination

If something is not true by any stretch of the imagination, it is definitely not true. The Danube was not by any stretch of the imagination blue. Note: People sometimes just say by any stretch. He is not regarded as a serious biographer by any stretch.
See also: any, by, imagination, of, stretch
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References in classic literature ?
How, by any stretch of the imagination, can you make out that you are to blame for this Boyd girl's misfortune?
Summary: Old it may be, but it is neither dead nor decaying - not by any stretch of the imagination.
Now by any stretch of the imagination you can not fail to see the outcome was an overwhelming vote to LEAVE the European Union and take back control of our own destiny.
Summary: Karachi [Pakistan], June 25 (ANI): Issuing a warning to his side, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has said that their upcoming tour to Zimbabwe will not be easy by any stretch of the imagination.
IF there was ever any doubt about where we stand in the EU - not that I consider it a bench mark by any stretch of the imagination - look no further than the Eurovision Song Contest.
George Thomas, by any stretch of the imagination, was not cut from the same cloth as the brave people of Aberfan and to name a hospital after him is offensive to the people of Wales.
And Dorn said: "No way would you ever go to Leeds thinking that their season is over, or that they're going to be a walkover by any stretch of the imagination.
Well, I have to say by any stretch of the imagination 300 is not huge is it?
The SNP are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. However, they are at least trying to make a difference, which is a damned sight better than the alternative of "let's just roll over and let them walk over us".
England weren't terrible, by any stretch of the imagination. What does, grate, however, is how repeatedly we are told that Hodgson is a "good man" who conducts himself with "humility" and "dignity", Scrutiny of performance levels is something which comes with the job of being a football manager.
"They are always a very competitive team and have got some excellent cricketers and we can't allow ourselves to think it is going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.
A driving licence has no correlation with the earnings of a person by any stretch of the imagination. Housewives, home deliverers, drivers of school buses, company vehicles, ambulance etc clearly will get disqualified for driving by the norms proposed on earnings.
Black powder is not slow burning by any stretch of the imagination. The truth of the matter is black powder is terribly inefficient, with over half the charge ending up as barrel fouling.
"Unlike Frankel, I wouldn't say he is a good thing when he runs by any stretch of the imagination.