by no stretch

by any stretch

A shortened version of "by any stretch of the imagination," meaning 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. I can't see by any stretch how we're going to pull this off.
See also: any, stretch

by no stretch

A shortened version of "by no stretch of the imagination," meaning unable to happen within, at, or beyond the limits of the imagination. By no stretch do I think our team has a chance of winning tonight. By no stretch will we be able to pull this off.
See also: stretch