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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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"We know she'd be proud of what we've achieved and we're not finished yet, not by any stretch."
Old it may be, but it is neither dead nor decaying - not by any stretch of the imagination.
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OWNER Gary Newbon thought my description of Droopys Greg's Hove victory two weeks ago as 'workmanlike' was a little unfair, but the win could not by any stretch be called impressive and he makes only limited appeal heading the market for the Coral Greyhound Olympic.
And while it's not a masterpiece, not by any stretch, Colin is certainly not drivel.
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It's not by any stretch of the imagination an easy ride, but it deserves attention and applause.
The volume levels stated are not by any stretch of the imagination unreasonable.
(1) The fourth gospel's Jesus is no victim, however, and his death is not by any stretch a tragedy.
Asked if Wimbledon was an impossible dream, he replied: 'No it is not, it is not by any stretch of the imagination.
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"We're not bankrupt, not by any stretch of the imagination," says Ebrabimoff, "but we're finding that it's not profitable to be in the American market anymore.