stretch a point

stretch a point
agree to something beyond the limit of what is normally allowed

I think it is stretching a point to think you can go and take a two-hour lunch break.

to make a concession

I wanted to ask you if you could stretch a point and let her stay till the boat comes. (W. S. Maugham)

You needn't think it's fun, sitting on this damned thing (a motorcycle) mile after mile, chasing you over wet roads and all because you wouldn't stretch a point and let me ride with you (in your car). (J. Wain)

... and all because they were too scrupulous to stretch a point and take his word ... (J. Galsworthy)

Tony Haviland due to personal matters wanted to stop working at the project but stubborn Erik would not stretch a point.


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  • stretch a point — or[strain a point] {v. phr.} To permit something different or more than usual; not tell the exact truth or make an exception. * /Mother stretched a point because it was Christmas time and let the children stay up later than usual./ * /It s… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stretch a point — or[strain a point] {v. phr.} To permit something different or more than usual; not tell the exact truth or make an exception. * /Mother stretched a point because it was Christmas time and let the children stay up later than usual./ * /It s… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stretch\ a\ point — • stretch a point • strain a point v. phr. To permit something different or more than usual; not tell the exact truth or make an exception. Mother stretched a point because it was Christmas time and let the children stay up later than usual. It s …   Словарь американских идиом

  • stretch a point — ► stretch a point allow or do something not usually acceptable. Main Entry: ↑stretch …   English terms dictionary

  • stretch a point — index magnify Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stretch a point — phrasal : to go beyond what is strictly warranted in making a claim or concession (as in an argument or bargain) * * * stretch a point To go further, esp in concession, than the strict rule allows • • • Main Entry: ↑stretch * * * stretch a ˈpoint …   Useful english dictionary

  • stretch a point — allow or do something not usually acceptable. → stretch …   English new terms dictionary

  • stretch a point — phrasal to go beyond what is strictly warranted in making a claim or concession …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stretch a point — act leniently …   English contemporary dictionary

  • strain or stretch a point — idi strain or stretch a point, to make a concession or exception …   From formal English to slang

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