Don't yank on my sweater. You'll stretch it.
The elastic waistband of my pants won't stretch any more.
It's important to stretch before you exercise.
The baby stretched and yawned.
She woke up and stretched her arms above her head.
She stretched over us to open the window.
She stretched her hand toward him.
She stretched the canvas over the wooden frame.
The T-shirt was stretched tight over his belly.
A big banner was stretched across the doorway. Noun
a 60-mile stretch of beach
an open stretch of highway
These are good stretches for your leg muscles.
I always spend a few minutes doing stretches before I exercise.
I can feel the stretch in the back of my legs. Adjectivestretch fabrics that don't wrinkle or sagSee More
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That meant fourteen straight losses, stretching into five days, with preening nominating speeches, occasional huddle-ups signifying nothing, and lots of pictures of members looking down at their phones.—Ian Crouch, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2023 First, the two front legs were made fast to the frame, then the two hind legs were stretched almost to the limit and tied to the opposite end of the frame.—Outdoor Life, 23 Nov. 2023 The bedroom alone stretches to 20 feet long, and the suite is complete with two spa-like bathrooms.—Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2023 The installation, stretching over 35 meters wide, showcases signature Dior codes; from stars and clovers to Zodiac signs, resting upon floating floral motifs.—Maia Torres, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023 The route below, stretching over six days, maps out a drive between some of the highlights discovered during my year of tidal pool swimming.—Freya Bromley, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 Its spine stretched from Winchester in New Haven, Connecticut, to Colt in Hartford to Smith & Wesson in Springfield, Massachusetts, and north to machine-gun maker Saco Lowell in Maine.—James Bandler, ProPublica, 21 Nov. 2023 The stock has struggled, investors are restive and its key studios have been stretched.—Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 At the top, the crystal blue of the Pacific stretches out for miles.—Kevin Maurer, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2023
This was the beginning of a potentially revealing stretch of five games in seven nights, with another game coming Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks.—Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Record-Breaking Numbers: As more migrants risk a deadly trek to the U.S. border, brutal scenes are developing along the roadless stretch of jungle terrain.—Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Central Park West, from West 75th to West 61st streets: Early risers can watch the beginning of the parade along this stretch.—NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 Visit the Vast North Set near the confluence of two rivers in a remote stretch of the Yukon, Fort Selkirk was built by Hudson’s Bay Company in the 19th century on the ancestral territory of the Hücha Hudän people.—Diane Selkirk, Travel + Leisure, 23 Nov. 2023 Those two films opened last weekend in order to get a jump on Thanksgiving week, which can be one of the most lucrative stretches of the year for moviegoing.—Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2023 That’s because the loungewear is made with soft spacer fabric that offers four-way stretch.—Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Many investors have piled into stocks as a result, sending shares toward their best three-week stretch since 2020.—Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 The building is a six-unit complex that sits on a quiet stretch of Northwest Washington.—Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2023
The fabric has a flexible, comfortable four-way stretch, and the silhouette is built with a stretch-mesh gusset that (comfortably) hugs your crotch while promoting breathability.—Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2023 The game looks like a full-fledged animated cartoon, with characters that squash, stretch, and smear in ways that add a real sense of momentum and life to the proceedings.—Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2023 Columbia Women’s Leslie Falls Nocturnal Hiking Pant The Columbia Women’s Leslie Falls Nocturnal Pant is an active-fit hiking pant that is meant to conquer trails with a stretch nylon fabric that moves with you.—Karthika Gupta, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 The brand names this fit the Federal, and makes the jeans in stretch denim that will retain its shape wear after wear while ensuring the fabric moves with your legs.—Maverick Li, Men's Health, 22 Aug. 2023 Our tester loved this rain jacket for its stretch material in the back that provides extra mobility.—Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 6 Oct. 2023 Our pick for the best active rain jacket, the Kühl Stretch Voyager Jacket, has a good amount of stretch, reflective trim, and a watertight two-way zipper.—Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 One constant staple of the brand is its denim offerings, with a wide range of stretch and non-stretch styles to choose from.—Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 24 Sep. 2023 What’s Great About It These affordable sheets come with a stretch panel on each corner that hugs the mattress.—Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 7 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English strecchen, from Old English streccan; akin to Old High German strecchan to stretch, Old English stræc firm, severe