verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- stressed out,
- stretch a point,
- stretch limo,
- stretch mark,
- stretch marks,
- stretch mill
Origin of stretch
Examples from the Web for stretch
The plan is to stretch it out as long as possible, then probably forget about it, and then suddenly remember it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“You need to stretch kids slightly outside their comfort zones, but never have surprises,” she said.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA|Emily Shire|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They started with Not Fade Away and went from one song to another over a 14 minute stretch.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs|Allen Barra|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While obviously not as cartoonish as the deluded leaders in The Office, du Pont seemed to stretch credulity at times.
His 130-day stretch withered his body down to 140 pounds—80 pounds lighter than when he departed from Africa.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hour after hour like that, with ten minutes' rest now and then at a spring or to stretch our legs.Romany of the Snows|Gilbert Parker
The history of Shakespearean translation in Norway cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be called distinguished.An Essay Toward a History of Shakespeare in Norway|Martin Brown Ruud
The cloud of blessing floats over our heads, but we fail to stretch forth the electric rod of prayer to fetch it down!The Hart and the Water-Brooks;|John R. Macduff
Movements that tend to put the damaged ligaments on the stretch also cause pain.
Now stretch out in line, my merry ones, with arrow on string, and I shall show you such sport as only the King can give.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
- to make a concession or exception not usually made
- to exaggerate
- capacity for being stretched, as in some garments
- (as modifier)stretch pants
- with some difficulty; by making a special effort
- if really necessary or in extreme circumstances
- at one time
Word Origin for 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stretch
- stretch a point
- stretch one's legs
- at a stretch
- by any stretch