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stretch Idioms & Phrases


Home stretch

  • (Sport.), that part of a race course between the last curve and the winning post.
Webster 1913

Nerve stretching

  • (Med.), the operation of stretching a nerve in order to remedy diseases such as tetanus, which are supposed to be influenced by the condition of the nerve or its connections.
Webster 1913

stretch along

  • verb occupy a large, elongated area
    stretch.
    • The park stretched beneath the train line
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stretch forth

  • verb thrust or extend out
    extend; exsert; stretch forth; hold out; put out.
    • He held out his hand
    • point a finger
    • extend a hand
    • the bee exserted its sting
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stretch mark

  • noun a narrow band resulting from tension on the skin (as on abdominal skin after pregnancy)
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Stretch out

  • verb extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    stretch; extend; unfold.
    • Unfold the newspaper
    • stretch out that piece of cloth
    • extend the TV antenna
  • verb lie down comfortably
    stretch.
    • To enjoy the picnic, we stretched out on the grass
  • verb thrust or extend out
    extend; exsert; stretch forth; hold out; put out.
    • He held out his hand
    • point a finger
    • extend a hand
    • the bee exserted its sting
  • verb extend one's body or limbs
    stretch.
    • Let's stretch for a minute--we've been sitting here for over 3 hours
  • verb stretch (the neck) so as to see better
    crane.
    • The women craned their necks to see the President drive by
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  • an order to rowers to extend themselves forward in dipping the oar.
Webster 1913

stretch pants

  • noun trousers made of a stretchy fabric
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stretch receptor

  • noun a receptor in a muscle that responds to stretching of the muscle tissue
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stretch reflex

  • noun reflex contraction of a muscle when an attached tendon is pulled; important in maintaining erect posture
    myotactic reflex.
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To be on the stretch

  • to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.
Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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