by any/no stretch of the imagination

Definition of by any/no stretch of the imagination

  1. —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

  1. :  to extend (as one's limbs or body) in a reclining position

    :  to reach out :  extend

    :  to extend in length

  1. :  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

  1. :  easily stretched :  elastic

    :  longer than the standard size

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

    :  creative ability

    :  ability to confront and deal with a problem :  resourcefulness

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