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1. An exaggeration beyond what is true, likely, or logical. I'm not too fond of taxes either, but claiming they are the cause of all our problems is quite a stretch. A: "Another round of layoffs… I bet the boss gets off on firing people just because he can." B: "Come on now, don't you think that's a bit of a stretch?"
2. A term in prison or jail. I did a stretch in Sing Sing a few years ago. Those were the worst five years of my life. She's headed for a seven-year-stretch in federal prison for her involvement in the scandal.
3. A term of address for a particularly tall person. How's it going, stretch? Nice view from up there?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. n. a period of time. (Folksy.) Let’s talk here for a stretch and then go up and see if dinner’s ready.
2. n. a prison term. I was away for a stretch of about seven years.
3. in. to hang (as with a death sentence). You will stretch for this, Lefty!
4. tv. to cut or dilute a drug. Let’s stretch this stuff, sell it, and then blow town.
5. n. a nickname for a tall person, usually male. (Usually Stretch.) Well, stretch, think you’ll go out for basketball this season?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- a bit of a stretch
- at a stretch
- at full stretch
- be a stretch
- be in the home stretch
- bend/stretch the rules
- by any stretch
- by any stretch of the imagination
- by no stretch
- by no stretch of the imagination
- do a stretch
- down the stretch
- from the stretch
- in the final stretch
- in the home stretch
- in the stretch
- make (one's) money stretch
- not by any stretch of the imagination
- on the home straight
- on the home straight/stretch
- on the home stretch
- seventh-inning stretch
- stretch (one's) legs
- stretch (one's) legs according to the coverlet
- stretch (one's) wings
- stretch (something or oneself) too thin
- stretch a point
- stretch a/the point
- stretch away
- stretch away from (someone or something)
- stretch away to
- stretch away to (someone or something)
- stretch back to (something)
- stretch forth
- stretch it
- stretch legs
- stretch money
- stretch one's legs
- stretch one's legs, to
- stretch out
- stretch out to
- stretch out to (someone, something, or some place)
- stretch the rules
- stretch the truth
- stretch your arm no further than your sleeve (will reach)
- stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach
- stretch your legs
- stretched to the limit
- stretched too thin
- the home stretch