No stretch of the imagination - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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by no stretch of the imagination
Unable to happen within, at, or beyond the limits of the imagination; in no possible situation or from no conceivable perspective. By no stretch of the imagination do I think our team has a chance of winning tonight. Tommy does all right in school, but by no stretch of the imagination would I call him a genius.
by no (or not by any) stretch of the imagination used to emphasize that something is definitely not the case.
1996 New Statesman Though it is by no stretch of the imagination a political paper, its owner has a reputation as an outspoken critic of China.
by ˈno stretch of the imagination,
not by ˈany stretch of the imagination it is completely impossible to say; by no means: By no stretch of the imagination could you call him clever. ♢ You couldn’t say that factory was beautiful, not by any stretch of the imagination!
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By no stretch of the imagination
can he be regarded as a spiritual leader.
"It wasn't quite Mission Impossible," recalls Executive Vice President William Lie Zeckendorf, "but by no stretch of the imagination
did anyone here or at Euram think the job could be done in 14 months from the time we started selling."
- no show
- no sir
- no sir!
- No siree!
- no sirree
- no skin off (one's) back
- no skin off (one's) teeth
- no skin off my nose, it's/that's
- no skin off one's nose
- no skin off teeth
- no slouch
- no smoke without fire
- no smoke without fire, there's
- no smoke, no fire
- no soap
- no something/nothing/not anything to speak of
- no sooner (do something) than (do something else)
- no sooner ... than
- no sooner said than done
- no sooner...than...
- no spring chicken
- no spring chicken, (she's)
- no stomach for, have
- no stranger to (something)
- no stress
- no stretch of the imagination
- no strings
- no strings attached
- no such animal
- no such luck
- no such thing
- no sweat
- no teacher/actor, etc. worth their salt
- no thanks to
- no thanks to (someone or something)
- no thanks to somebody/something
- no thanks to you
- no time for, have
- no time like the present
- no time like the present, there's
- no time to lose
- no trespassing
- no trouble
- no two ways about it
- no use to man or beast
- no use, it's
- no way
- no way to tell
- No way!
- no way, José
- No way, José!