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noun stretch pronunciation in British English /stretʃ/
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singularstretch
pluralstretches
  1. 1
    [countable] a movement or exercise in which you make a part of your body as straight as possible so that your muscles become long and tight
    First, let’s do some warm-up stretches.
  2. 3
    [countable] a continuous period of time
    stretch of: You can’t learn it all in such a short stretch of time.
    at a stretch (=continuously): He’ll surf the Internet for anything up to six hours at a stretch.
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    1. a.
      [usually singular] informal a period of time spent in prison
      do a stretch (for something): He’s doing a 15-year stretch in Pentonville for armed robbery.
  3. 4
    [countable] an area of land or water
    stretch of: The village lay across a narrow stretch of water.
    a deserted stretch of road
    1. a.
      [usually singular] the straight last part of the track in a race
      the final/finishing/home stretch: The horses entered the final stretch shoulder to shoulder.

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