One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize that something is definitely not the case.‘by no stretch of the imagination could Carl ever be called good-looking’
- ‘The birds almost lifted the mood but their communications could be described by no stretch of the imagination as song, sounding more like a smoke alarm running out of batteries.’
- ‘Wood dismissed this notion when he wrote of Dala, ‘Though a large fire, it was circumscribed, and by no stretch of the imagination could it be associated with a bush fire.’’
- ‘Given these circumstances, by no stretch of the imagination could anyone claim that the decision to take the cheque was a decision that the seafarers made of their own free will and choice.’
- ‘We haven't seen the best of him, not by any stretch of the imagination, because he has still to get more match fitness and a lot more comfortable.’
- ‘It wasn't perfect, of course - not by any stretch of the imagination.’
- ‘His name appears nowhere within the text of the article and it is not by any stretch of the imagination an attack piece.’
- ‘The numbers of counsellors available are not by any stretch of the imagination meeting demand.’
- ‘They are not by any stretch of the imagination part of a calorie-controlled diet.’
- ‘But by no stretch of the imagination can these mistakes be described as gross negligence.’
- ‘The flaw in the vision is that by no stretch of the imagination can any parent claim to be representative of any other parent.’
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