Definition of by no (or not by any) stretch of the imagination in English:

by no (or not by any) stretch of the imagination

phrase

  • Used to emphasize that something is definitely not the case.

    ‘by no stretch of the imagination could Carl ever be called good-looking’
    • ‘But by no stretch of the imagination can these mistakes be described as gross negligence.’
    • ‘It wasn't perfect, of course - not by any stretch of the imagination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The flaw in the vision is that by no stretch of the imagination can any parent claim to be representative of any other parent.’
    • ‘They are not by any stretch of the imagination part of a calorie-controlled diet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’