by any/no stretch of the imagination

by any/no stretch of the imagination
by any/no stretch of the imagination — see stretch, 2
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Main Entry:imagination
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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 stretch of the imagination does the factory operate efficiently. [=the factory does not operate at all efficiently]

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Main Entry:stretch

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