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stretch

noun
 
 
/stretʃ/
a stretch used to describe something that you think will be very difficult to achieve, very expensive, etc.: The price tag on the business may prove to be a stretch.
20 hours/5 days/6 weeks, etc. at a stretch if you do something for 20 hours, etc. at a stretch, you do it continuously for that period of time: Workers on an oil rig often do 12-hour days for 14 days at a stretch.
work/be at full stretch to be working as hard as you possibly can: OPEC members are at full stretch and cannot pump more oil.
(Definition of stretch noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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