by any/no stretch of the imagination
Definition of by any/no stretch of the imagination
—used to emphasize that something is not true, does not happen, etc. They're not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. By no stretch of the imagination does the factory operate efficiently.
Word by Word Definitions
: to extend (as one's limbs or body) in a reclining position
: to reach out : extend
: to extend in length
: an exercise of something (as the understanding or the imagination) beyond ordinary or normal limits
: an extension of the scope or application of something
: the extent to which something may be stretched
: easily stretched : elastic
: longer than the standard size
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