For Trevor Donovan, his steamy gay kisses as the hunk Teddy on the new 90210 was a chance to stretch.
Critics are asking: is this too much of a stretch right now?
For some, crediting an ad based on extensive market research as part of an important cultural message may seem like a stretch.
While obviously not as cartoonish as the deluded leaders in The Office, du Pont seemed to stretch credulity at times.
You can't just take your stretch limo down Pennsylvania Avenue.
At Brandon we got off to stretch our legs while they changed engines and filled the ice-boxes.
Tzu-yu said, Mourning should stretch to grief, and stop there.
Trefusis stretched his eyebrows, as if to stretch his memory.
You may have known him out in France—I think you ought to stretch a point.
When he reached Chamonix the next day he was so worn out that he slept twenty-four hours at a stretch.
Old English streccan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cf. Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).
Meaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Stretcher "canvas frame for carrying the sick or wounded" is first attested 1845.
1540s, "act of stretching," from stretch (v.); meaning "unbroken continuance of some activity" is first recorded 1680s; meaning "straightaway of a race course" (e.g. home stretch) is recorded from 1841.
To hang or be hanged (1595+)
[prison sense originally ''a one-year prison sentence''; third noun sense found by 1710 in the very similar ''an exaggerated statement'']