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noun British English pronunciation: stretch /stretʃ/ 
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singularstretch
pluralstretches
  1. 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.

    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.

  2. 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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