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English definition of “stretch”

stretch

noun (TIME)    /stretʃ/
[C usually singular] a continuous period of time: The elderly generally need far less rest than the young, and tend to sleep in several short stretches.Periods of time - general words [C usually singular] informal a period of time that a criminal spends in prison: Her brother's doing a ten-year stretch for armed robbery.Putting people in prison at a stretch mainly UK continuously or without any interruptions: There's no way I could work for ten hours at a stretch.Continuous and permanent
(Definition of stretch noun (TIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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