An example of stretch is when you reach your arms as high as possible above your head to reach something on a high shelf.
Stretched the sweater out of shape.
An example of stretch is when a play drags on for four hours instead of two.
Stretched the tarpaulin until it ripped.
Stretched out his hand.
Stretch out an argument.
Stretched his opponent in the first round.
Stretched out on the bed.
An empty stretch of highway.
To stretch out a helping hand.
To stretch sheets out to dry.
To stretch pipelines across a continent.
A long stretch of beach.
Likening him to Einstein is a bit of a stretch.
The rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.
I managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.
The beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.
His mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.
The ship stretched to the eastward.
I was right in the middle of a stretch when the phone rang.
To say crossing the street was brave was quite a stretch.
That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.
It's a bit of a stretch to call Boris Karloff a comedian.
An example of stretch is what a sweater does when someone wears it who is too big for it.
An example of stretch is what you do to a sweater you wear that is too small for you.
An example of stretch is when you only have enough food for one and you share it with another.
An example of stretch is sixteen days without a day off.
Stretched the banner between two poles.
- To go for a walk, especially after a lengthy period of sitting.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of stretch
- Middle English strecchen from Old English streccan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English strecchen, from Old English streÄ‹Ä‹an (“to stretch, hold out, extend, spread out, prostrate"), from Proto-Germanic *strakjanÄ…, *strakkijanÄ… (“to stretch, make taut or tight"), from Proto-Indo-European *streg-, *treg- (“stiff, rigid"). Cognate with Dutch strekken (“to stretch, straighten"), German strecken (“to stretch, straighten, elongate"), Danish strÃ¦kke (“to stretch"), Swedish strÃ¤cka (“to stretch"), Dutch strak (“taut, tight"), Albanian shtriqem (“to stretch"). More at stark.