Used to emphasize that something is definitely not the case: by no stretch of the imagination could Carl ever be called good-looking
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- 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.
- 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.’
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