stretch - definition and synonyms


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  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. 2
    [uncountable] the ability of a material or piece of clothing to become wider or longer when you pull it, and return to its original shape and size when you stop pulling it

    a fabric that will keep its stretch indefinitely

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    an exaggeration

    It would be a stretch to call this restaurant the best in the city.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 05/11/2014