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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRETCHING

"Then give me mine," cries the critic, stretching out his palm.

He came out, stretching his great arms lazily over his head.

And stretching forth his arm, he barred the path with his mighty spear.

"That we do both," said Peter, and stretching out his hand he took that of Castell.

"Guess I'll be turnin' in," he volunteered affably, yawning and stretching.

All the branches seemed to be stretching out their flowers to me.

The giraffe's neck is long because he is stretching towards heaven.

Nothing' he added, stretching out his hands, 'can paint my misery!

The other women were now stretching and getting ready to begin ironing.

It was heavy, rubbery, and elastic, stretching readily as he pulled it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English streccan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjanan (cf. Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecchan, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German strecken "to stretch"), perhaps a variant of the root of stark, or else from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain).

Meaning "to extend (the limbs or wings)" is from c.1200; that of "to lay out for burial" is from early 13c. To stretch one's legs "take a walk" is from c.1600. Meaning "to lengthen by force" first recorded late 14c.; figurative sense of "to enlarge beyond proper limits, exaggerate," is from 1550s. Stretch limo first attested 1973. Stretch marks is attested from 1960. Stretcher "canvas frame for carrying the sick or wounded" is first attested 1845.

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