by any stretch of the imagination


by any stretch of the imagination
(not) by any stretch of the imagination if you say that by no stretch of the imagination can you describe something or someone in a particular way, you mean that this way of describing them is certainly not correct.

She was never a great player, not by any stretch of the imagination.

He's pleasant looking but by no stretch of the imagination could you describe him as handsome.


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  • not by any stretch of the imagination — not by any/by no/stretch of the imagination phrase used for saying that you think something cannot be true or possible no matter how hard you try to imagine it It’s not a great work of cinema by any stretch of the imagination. Thesaurus: ways of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • not by any stretch of the imagination — not by any stretch (of the imagination) even if you try, it is still difficult to accept. She was never a great player, not by any stretch of the imagination. He s nice looking but by no stretch of the imagination could you describe him as… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not by any stretch of the imagination — (not) by any stretch of the imagination if you say that by no stretch of the imagination can you describe something or someone in a particular way, you mean that this way of describing them is certainly not correct. She was never a great player,… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not by any stretch of the imagination — not adding to the story, not stretching it    Gigi wasn t his only girl, not by any stretch of the imagination …   English idioms

  • by no stretch of the imagination — not by any/by no/stretch of the imagination phrase used for saying that you think something cannot be true or possible no matter how hard you try to imagine it It’s not a great work of cinema by any stretch of the imagination. Thesaurus: ways of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • by any/no stretch of the imagination — see ↑stretch, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑imagination by any/no stretch of the imagination used to emphasize that something is not true, does not happen, etc. They re not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. [=they re not wealthy at all] By no… …   Useful english dictionary

  • not by any stretch — (of the imagination) even if you try, it is still difficult to accept. She was never a great player, not by any stretch of the imagination. He s nice looking but by no stretch of the imagination could you describe him as handsome. Our survey was… …   New idioms dictionary

  • by any stretch... — See not by any stretch of the imagination …   English idioms

  • imagination — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ active, creative, fertile, lively, rich, strong, vivid ▪ fevered …   Collocations dictionary

  • stretch — stretch1 W3S3 [stretʃ] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(make something bigger/looser)¦ 2¦(body)¦ 3¦(reach)¦ 4¦(make something tight)¦ 5¦(time/series)¦ 6¦(in space)¦ 7 stretch your legs 8 stretch (somebody s) patience/credulity 9¦(rule/limit)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English