Translation of stretch in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 (extend to full length) we went for a walk to stretch our legsdimos un paseo para estirar las piernassee also → stretch out 1 1.2(elastic/rubber band)
estirar(widen)1.3 (draw out)
estirar(sheet/canvas)we stretched paper chains from one wall to another
extendertendimos cadenetas de papel de pared a paredExample sentences
- The fabric mask is stretched over the face and pressed firmly in place.
- Then carpet is stretched over the top of the metal and tucked under the side of the Z-bar that is not secured.
- The second balloon is stretched over the first balloon to seal in the flour.
- 2 (eke out, make go further)(money/credit/resources)
- Now, precious resources are being stretched even further.
- But the real issue is that important resources are being stretched.
- And police resources could be further stretched if there is a repeat of last year's illegal rave at Marloes on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
- 3 3.1 (make demands on)exigirle amy job doesn't stretch memi trabajo no me exige lo suficienteshe's not being stretched at schoolen el colegio no le exigen de acuerdo a su capacidadI wasn't fully stretched as a secretarycomo secretaria no estaba exigida al máximo3.2 (strain)(patience/nerves)our resources are stretched to the limit
poner a pruebanuestros recursos están empleados al máximomy nerves are stretched to breaking point
nuestros recursos no dan más de sítengo los nervios a punto de estallar
- 4 (distort)(principles/rules)she's stretching it too far
apartarse un poco dese está pasando un poco [colloquial]Example sentences
- You know, nothing hurts the truth like stretching it, and he stretched it just a lot.
- Now that's stretching it a bit, don't you agree?
- If I told you that, I would be stretching it a bit.
- 1(person)he stretched up to touch the ceiling
estirarsese estiró hasta tocar el techoto stretch to reach somethingestirarse para alcanzar algo
- 2 2.1 (reach, extend)(forest/estate/sea)
extenderse(influence/authority/power)it stretches several miles south
extendersese extiende varias millas hacia el surhis land stretches from the river to the mountainsus tierras abarcan or se extienden desde el río hasta la montañahis grin stretched from ear to earsonreía de oreja a orejahis coat stretched right down to the groundel abrigo le llegaba hasta el suelo2.2 (in time) to stretch backremontarseto stretch over a periodalargarse or prolongarse durante un períodoour partnership stretches back more than ten yearsnuestra colaboración se remonta a hace más de 10 añosthis treatment can stretch over monthseste tratamiento puede alargarse or prolongarse durante mesesa miserable future stretched before hertenía un sombrío futuro por delanteExample sentences
- Inside the gate a carpet of bricks, plaster, glass, wood and office paper stretched around 40 feet to a crater which marked the epicentre of the explosion.
- I was puzzled about how to eat the long and large segment of pig's bone positioned in the middle of the plate in front of me with a straw stretching into it.
- By 1930, no wetland and few trees were left in the region, and in many counties, cotton stretched from horizon to horizon.
- 3 3.1 (be elastic)(elastic/wire/rope)3.2 (become loose, longer)
estirarse(garment/rope)my sweater stretched in the wash
dar de síse me estiró el suéter al lavarlo
mi suéter dio de sí al lavarloExample sentences
- Soft, springy materials like rubber and skin don't tear easily because they stretch before breaking apart.
- Softer metals tend to stretch more easily, which explains the different factors in the formulas for different metals.
- If you replace your laces with elastic you will be able to tie them up before you slip your feet into them; the elastic will stretch to enable your foot to go in but will still be tight enough to hold your shoes on comfortably.
- The precautionary effort was expected to stretch into this week.
- There are also plans to obtain extended drinking hours and a dance licence, so the weekend stretches out just that little bit longer.
- Stein's interim stint, expected to last two months, stretched to a year.
- 4 (be enough) to make something stretchestirar algofunds won't stretch to a new library
hacer llegar or hacer alcanzar algolos fondos no alcanzan or no dan para una nueva bibliotecaI can't stretch to a carno me da or no me alcanza para un cocheExample sentences
- Sadly, finances would not stretch to pay for her two children, Emma, 15, and Daniel, 13, and Paul's three grown-up children to go too.
- ‘I don't know if the club's finances will stretch to allow me to keep two keepers on the go,’ admitted the manager.
- It's often said that resources won't stretch to having a Garda on every street corner to maintain law and order.
reflexive verbto stretch oneself
- 1.1 (physically)estirarseshe yawned and stretched herselfbostezó y se desperezó1.2 (increase efforts)exigirse al máximo
intentar superarseExample sentences
- Considered the toughest event, the obstacle course is a test to the cadet's stamina and ability to stretch him beyond his limits.
- However, the extent to which this exercise stretches me personally is a constant surprise.
- It stretched me as a person and opened my mind to many new parts of myself.
- I got up from the rather cramped car and stretched out my muscles to give them some air.
- She stretched out her body, her muscles loosening up from the long flight of last night.
- This area was cooler with more grass than plain dirt, making me want to stretch out on the soft carpet and stare at the stars.
- 1 (act of stretching) (no plural) to have a stretchestirarseto give something a stretchestirar algoat full stretch(fully extended)the factory is working at full stretch
estirado al máximola fábrica está trabajando a tope or al máximostretch of the imaginationby no stretch of the imagination could he be described as an expertde ningún modo se lo podría calificar de expertothat can't be true, not by any stretch of the imaginationeso ni por asomo puede ser verdadExample sentences
- Full body stretches should also be done before using the ball.
- Relax the pectoral muscle and deepen the chest stretch by turning the body away from the arm for another count of 15 seconds.
- The body stretches are often held for longer than those that might be employed by a shiatsu practitioner or massage therapist.
- 2 countable 2.1 the final o home stretchla recta finalthe last stretch was the most exhaustingel último tramo del trayecto fue el más agotadornot by a long stretch it isn't as good as the other one, not by a long stretchno es, (ni) con mucho, tan bueno como el otro2.2
no es tan bueno como el otro ni mucho menos(period)he did a ten-year stretch in the army
período (masculine)estuvo or pasó (un período de) diez años en el ejércitohe did a three-year stretch [colloquial]estuvo tres años a la sombra [colloquial]at a stretch(without a break)
sin parar(in an extremity)we used to work for twelve hours at a stretch
como máximotrabajábamos doce horas seguidas or sin pararat a stretch, we can get ten people round the tablecomo máximo, podemos acomodar a diez personas en la mesaat a stretch I could get it to you by Mondayte lo podría hacer llegar para el lunes, como muy prontoExample sentences
- It'll be my first break in ten months - the longest stretch between holidays for years - and I can't wait.
- The substitutions aside, the siege of the England goal continues with long stretches of French possession interrupted by the briefest of respites.
- Toronto continued their recent stretch of playing good ball by ending Orlando's three-game win streak with a convincing victory.
- Most of the game is set in open expanses of water framed by nondescript stretches of land and changing weather conditions.
- But what of the people it might displace, areas of fertile land that might become stretches of wasteland and even the water wars that might ensue?
- She has sailed round Cape Horn, one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world, on a three-mast wooden ship.
- 3 uncountable(elasticity)a sock with lots of stretch
elasticidad (feminine)un calcetín muy elástico or que da mucho de síExample sentences
- A picture of a giraffe or a lion on quality stretch cotton material will also be an ideal choice.
- These stretch materials make the shorts fit perfectly, offer great support and look great too.
- The slim cut stretch denim jeans envelop the contour of the female form like a second skin, giving a slim and seductive outline to the hip and legs.
- (before noun, no comparative)(fabric/pants)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (extend)
(legs/arms)beggars stretching their hands out for alms
mendigos pidiendo limosna con la mano extendidahe stretched his hand out to touch her
alargó or extendió la mano para tocarlahe stretched himself out on the sand
se tendió sobre la arenahe stretched him out with one blow [colloquial] 1.2 (make last longer)
(money/speech)2verb + adverb 2.1 (reach out) he stretched out to turn off the alarm clock
alargó or extendió la mano para apagar el despertador2.2 (lie full length)
tenderse2.3 (extend — in space)
(— in time) (negotiations/afternoon/meeting)the days stretched out ahead of her
le parecía tener una eternidad por delante
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