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at a stretch

Definition of at a stretch in English:

1In one continuous period: I often had to work for over twenty hours at a stretch
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  • There is the possibility of continuous rain lashing the city for 10 hours or more at a stretch at least twice during this period.
  • Nobody noticed that I didn't eat for eighteen or twenty hours at a stretch.
  • At two points during my mission, I will wear blood pressure monitors on my arm and my fingers for twenty-four hours at a stretch.
2Only with difficulty or in extreme circumstances: it is aimed at one age group, adults, or, at a stretch, business studies students
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  • Mr Hoult said that at a stretch, local authorities could cope with a disaster on the scale of Lockerbie.
  • Now, had it not been, we would have done one of three things: moved somewhere else with a better primary, fiddled the system to get her into a good school in a different catchment area or, at a stretch, gone private.
  • Its flexibility extends to its passengers too: it is capable of seating three people comfortably and four at a stretch, and is intended to make the point that it is wasteful to own a larger car when a smaller one will do.
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