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 stretched
In other words, the Air Force is saying that its drone force has been stretched to its limits.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The “stretched” cabins in new 737s and A320s transform their economics.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I stripped down to my gym shorts and stretched out on my cot.
Today the hard power part of our war effort is stretched across Africa and Asia.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The family had grown up dirt-poor, sharecropping the 20,000 acres of cotton that stretched out below Sand Mountain.
The light from the fire shone into the tent where the boys were stretched out, wrapped in their blankets.The Frontier Boys in the Sierras|Wyn Roosevelt
Mr. Carlaw sighed, and stretched out his hand toward his sister; showed his teeth in a fierce grin, and shook a fist at her.The Idol of The Blind|Tom Gallon
"I don't pretend to be an ascetic," laughed Grantley, as he stretched his legs out on the leg-rest.Double Harness|Anthony Hope
Then at the signal of the Ring Tailed Panther they rose to their feet, and stretched their cramped limbs.The Texan Star|Joseph A. Altsheler
If ever there be an excuse for falling asleep out of bed, surely it is when stretched at full length upon heather in bloom.David Elginbrod|George MacDonald
- 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