Definition of stretch a point in English:

stretch a point


  • Allow or do something not usually acceptable.

    ‘since your daughter is one of my regular patients, I'm stretching a point’
    • ‘Pardon me stretching a point, but if an ordinary restaurant diner can be expected to recognise an organised crime type, why can't the police?’
    • ‘To claim the better team lost would be stretching a point, but what is indisputable is that Third Division Brechin emerged from this game with considerably more credit than Rangers.’
    • ‘Certainly, young players need far more and better conditioning than club rugby can ever offer them, but to claim that the pinnacle of the club game in Scotland is irrelevant to the professional ranks seems to be stretching a point.’
    • ‘While it would be stretching a point to say the government is benefiting from a ‘feelgood factor’, there is no ‘feelbad factor’ either.’
    • ‘My companion's pan-fried fillet of wild sea bass with herb vermicelli and confit tomato jus seemed to pass muster, though I suspect describing it as ‘wild’ was stretching a point.’
    • ‘To call it essential, however, may be stretching a point - a good deal of this information exists in other volumes and online.’
    • ‘This may be stretching a point, but it does underline how bluntly the race card figures in the current conflict.’
    • ‘But it really stretches a point to include Heidegger in a book about political correctness.’
    • ‘And - to stretch a point - there are three exotic takes on Scottish history.’
    • ‘Yet he was stretching a point, since Aberdeen showed more composure in the game's key moments.’