All around Marshall Park, wet clothes and blankets had been stretched out to dry on every available surface.
And then it stretched on for another 365 words, for a total of 2,313 characters—or 17 tweets.
The talks were supposed to last one day on Wednesday but they stretched into two.
It could, however, be “stretched out like a tent” or “rolled back like a scroll.”
The unprecedented demand has stretched the agency and its budget increasingly thin.
Meanwhile the duck was stretched to an alarming length between them.
His companions, including the officer, were stretched out upon it.
She stretched forth a long, white hand, with a vehement gesture.
It was stretched across a creek, so that the rice could be dropped into a boat under it.
Her mouth was stretched in a horrible grimace, so poignant was her feeling.
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'']