stretch a/the point

stretch a/the point

1. To interpret or exaggerate a point or opinion beyond what is normal, acceptable, or logical. It would be stretching a point to compare him to such a legend like Wayne Gretzky, but I agree that he is incredibly talented. I feel that he stretched the point throughout the debate in order to attack his opponent.
2. To allow something to be done which is technically against the rules or not normally accepted. You're normally not allowed to take an exam if you arrive late, but because of the student's excuse, his teacher stretched the point in this case. Several ministers indicated that they would be willing to stretch a point to allow members of their church to participate in the controversial rally.
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stretch a point

 and stretch the point
Fig. to interpret a point flexibly and with great latitude. Would it be stretching a point to suggest that everyone is invited to your picnic? To say that everyone is invited is stretching the point.
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stretch a point

Extend or enlarge beyond the usual limits, exaggerate, as in It would be stretching a point to say this novel is the work of a great writer. [Mid-1600s]
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stretch a point

allow or do something not usually acceptable, typically as a result of particular circumstances.
1998 Penelope Lively Spiderweb I seem to recall that you are agnostic, but I would suggest, with all respect, that you stretch a point and attend Sunday Matins, at least on occasion.
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stretch a ˈpoint

allow somebody to break the rules for a good reason: You are usually only allowed one hour for lunch, but I’m prepared to stretch a point if there’s an emergency.
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stretch a point

To make an exception.
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