stretch things

idiom

informal
: to say something that is not exactly true
It's stretching things to say that she enjoys his visits.

Examples of stretch things in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, even the most successful consoles tend to last just six or seven years before a successor is launched, a timing trend that has remained remarkably consistent despite some attempts to stretch things out. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 7 Sep. 2023 Edwards should be a solid piece in the middle of the defense for the Bears, but that’s not a contract that is going to stretch things as Walker, in my opinion, is a rotational player. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 31 Mar. 2023 The fact that such fees are administered by the hour, St. Louis points out, can give tribunal members an incentive to stretch things out. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2023 Don’t try to stretch things into a double. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021

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“Stretch things.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretch%20things. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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