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stretch away

1. To extend or expand outward or away (from someone or something). The river suddenly opened up as it joined the ocean and stretched away to the horizon. Just the tip of the massive ice berg was visible, the rest of it stretching away into the fog. Lush green fields stretch away from my grandfather's cabin as far as the eye can see.
2. To extend something outward or away (from someone or something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stretch" and "away." I stretched the phone away from my ear in alarm when she started shouting on the other end. She stretched the animal away from her body to keep it from scratching or biting her.
3. To transport someone away (from or to something) in a stretcher. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stretch" and "away." We stretched the man away to a local medical center to administer some emergency treatment. The last thing I saw was the doctors stretching away your mother to the emergency room.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stretch away (from something)

to extend away from something. A vast plain stretched away from the riverbank. The plain stretched away as far as we could see.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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From hilltops we saw fair green valleys lying spread out below, with streams winding through them, and island groves of trees here and there, and huge lonely oaks scattered about and casting black blots of shade; and beyond the valleys we saw the ranges of hills, blue with haze, stretching away in billowy per- spective to the horizon, with at wide intervals a dim fleck of white or gray on a wave-summit, which we knew was a castle.
It was a beautiful, bounteous, blue day; the spangled sea calm and cool, and flatly stretching away, all round, to the horizon, like gold-beater's skin hammered out to the extremest.
On the other side lay a strip of vineyard, and beyond it the desolate and sandy region of the Landes, all tangled with faded gorse and heath and broom, stretching away in unbroken gloom to the blue hills which lay low upon the furthest sky-line.
The chest he hid in the underbrush close by his boat, and with the girl ascended the notched log that led to the verandah of the structure, which, stretching away for three hundred yards upon its tall piles, resembled a huge centipede.
the glory of the sudden burst of light; the freshness of the fields and woods, stretching away on every side, and meeting the bright blue sky; the cattle grazing in the pasturage; the smoke, that, coming from among the trees, seemed to rise upward from the green earth; the children yet at their gambols down below--all, everything, so beautiful and happy!
From various points of the mountain they commanded boundless prospects of the lava plain, stretching away in cold and gloomy barrenness as far as the eye could reach.
All the water you see stretching away inland is flood water - the result of the storm, I suppose.
The perspective of one of these narrow cracks of streets, with its rows of tall houses stretching away till they come together in the distance like railway tracks; its clothes-lines crossing over at all altitudes and waving their bannered raggedness over the swarms of people below; and the white-dressed women perched in balcony railings all the way from the pavement up to the heavens--a perspective like that is really worth going into Neapolitan details to see.
The Strand and Princes Dock in 1954 with the Overhead Railway stretching away towards the northern docks.
Sent off the 7-2 jointfavourite, the chestnut travelled well before stretching away to score by an emphatic five lengths from Parnassian.
Despite England stretching away at the top on 10 points, only four points separate the next four teams.
The first shows mist-filled valleys stretching away from Golcar with Castle Hill rising from the mist in the distance, while the second shows the sun glistening over snow-covered fields at Skelmanthorpe.
"I need to lift my game quickly and get a win here or in the next few weeks and show a guy like Rory, who is kind of stretching away from the rest of us, that someone is going to go with him."
Redheugh and rail bridges on the left, stretching away towards Blaydon and Scotswood Road tower blocks on the right
Stretching away off the Northern Territory coast is the Wessel Islands archipelago of which Marchinbar Island (aka Martjanba Island) is the habitat of the endangered Golden Bandicoot, or Wan'kurra.