Definition of at full stretch in English:

at full stretch


  • 1With a part of one's body fully extended.

    ‘at the wheel was a short figure, arms at full stretch’
    • ‘It looked a certain winner but Freestone yet again produced the improbable to push the danger away at full stretch.’
    • ‘It was particularly rough on Halliwell who moments earlier had been at full stretch to hold Hugh Robertson's 18-yard free kick which had looked destined for the bottom right-hand corner.’
    • ‘I dropped down onto the now still fans, feeling horror when I accidentally trod on Ian's lifeless arm, then dangled myself at full stretch and dropped with a heavy thud to the floor.’
    • ‘The rower drops the oar into the water coiled forward with his arms at full stretch.’
    • ‘It looked an unpromising situation until the young striker produced an improvised overhead kick which had Bryn Halliwell at full stretch to turn the ball away.’
    • ‘I turned around and saw another guard coming towards me with his arms at full stretch.’
    • ‘It could have been worse - Fettis producing a fine one-handed save at full stretch to turn away a fierce Kevin Evans volley - and half-time couldn't come soon enough for City.’
    • ‘In the first match in Bombay, Jonty Rhodes effected two run-outs and took three catches, one of which was taken at full stretch, body at least four feet off the ground.’
    1. 1.1 Using the maximum amount of one's resources or energy.
      ‘increased export business kept our production plants at full stretch’
      • ‘The decision is widely seen as having dealt a serious blow to the joint bid by the Scottish and Irish football associations, which between them are at full stretch to deliver the eight suitable stadiums required to host the tournament.’
      • ‘We went pretty close last season but for all three years that we have been involved in European football to a very decent level I think we are kind of at full stretch and I think what you are trying to add is that bit of extra quality.’
      • ‘‘For all three years that we have been involved in European football to a very decent level, we have been at full stretch,’ said O'Neill that day.’
      • ‘Arsenal, at their leisure, mesmerised Charlton at full stretch.’
      • ‘‘The Environment Agency's resources are working at full stretch and due to an oversight the sluice was not closed,’ said a spokesman.’
      • ‘It proves the artistic value of maintaining a company of actors long-term: here is a large cast, each member performing at full stretch, completely united to a common purpose.’