by any/no stretch of the imagination

idiom

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.

Examples of by any/no stretch of the imagination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It must be said that Funny Girl is still not a perfect show by any stretch of the imagination. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2024 The crossing is not a quick trip from Florida to the Bahamas by any stretch of the imagination. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 While no slouch by any stretch of the imagination, it was created to be more of a grand tourer than a pure performance beast. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2023 The Navy had originally planned to cap the Burke-class destroyers at 61 ships, a successful run by any stretch of the imagination. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Mar. 2023 We're not finished yet, by any stretch of the imagination. Abc News, ABC News, 8 Feb. 2023 This is somebody who’s not done tightening by any stretch of the imagination. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2023 This course is not by any stretch of the imagination a course in African American studies. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2023 While none of the candidates inhabit the far-right flank of the GOP, none of them are moderates by any stretch of the imagination. Daniel Martinez Hosang, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2022

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Dictionary Entries Near by any/no stretch of the imagination

by any means necessary

by any/no stretch of the imagination

by appointment

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“By any/no stretch of the imagination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20any%2Fno%20stretch%20of%20the%20imagination. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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