not by any stretch of the imagination


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not by any stretch of the imagination

In no possible situation or from no conceivable perspective. Not by any stretch of the imagination do I think our team has a chance of winning tonight. Tommy does all right in school, but not by any stretch of the imagination would I call him a genius.
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not by any stretch of the imagination

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by no stretch of the imagination

If you say that something is not true or possible by any stretch of the imagination or by no stretch of the imagination, you mean that it is completely untrue or impossible. He had several jobs, all of them involving driving but none of them well-paid by any stretch of the imagination. By no stretch of the imagination could his speech be described as impersonal.
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So bearing in mind that Everton did not have a fantastic start to the campaign, the position in which they currently find themselves is not by any stretch of the imagination disastrous.
Of course, my adolescent mind never stopped for one minute to question why our attack was aimed only at cadet Nash and not at his partner-in-fellatio, who certainly had not by any stretch of the imagination been coerced into passive yet compromising oral-genital contact.
But it is not by any stretch of the imagination the comprehensive land-use update that Oregon needs.
It could not by any stretch of the imagination have been described as a rant because Le Guen delivers everything with the manner of a man who doesn't do spluttering rage.
Not by any stretch of the imagination, though,as young as Justin Rose, who climbed from 24th with a round to go into a tie for fifth and was joint leading European with Swede Fredrik Jacobson - like him making his debut in the event.
While on the other hand, Wisconsin's law extended the amount of punishment for acts such, as assault or vandalism, which have already been determined to be crimes in their own right and which are "not by any stretch of the imagination expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment."
These buildings you own are not by any stretch of the imagination dilapidated or underused, they are thriving!
"We're definitely not going out there thinking the tie is over, not by any stretch of the imagination."
Generally, it's not been a vintage season in the West Midlands, not by any stretch of the imagination, but hopefully a hectic summer of changes will get us all dreaming of better next season!
That does not mean that Qantas is out of the woods -- not by any stretch of the imagination. Qantas is still a mess and that's why Emirates leveraged its strength to force Qantas into effective submission.
The long-serving striker told the Chronicle: "This isn't our season over, not by any stretch of the imagination.