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

stretch play
  1. : to extend (one's limbs, one's body, etc.) in a reclining position

  2. : to reach out : extend

  3. : to extend in length

  1. : an exercise of something (such as the understanding or the imagination) beyond ordinary or normal limits

  2. : an extension of the scope or application of something

  3. : the extent to which something may be stretched

  1. : easily stretched : elastic

  2. : longer than the standard size

imagination play
  1. : the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality

  2. : creative ability

  3. : ability to confront and deal with a problem : resourcefulness


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