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  ( stretches    plural & 3rd person present)   ( stretching    present participle)   ( stretched    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   Something that stretches over an area or distance covers or exists in the whole of that area or distance.  
no cont   (=extend)  
The procession stretched for several miles...      V prep/adv artificial reef stretching the length of the coast.      V n  
2       n-count   A stretchof road, water, or land is a length or area of it.  
usu N of n  
It's a very dangerous stretch of road...     
3       verb   When you stretch, you put your arms or legs out straight and tighten your muscles.  
He yawned and stretched...      V  
Try stretching your legs and pulling your toes upwards...      V n  
She arched her back and stretched herself.      V n  
      Stretch is also a noun., n-count  
At the end of a workout spend time cooling down with some slow stretches.     
  stretching      n-uncount  
Make sure no awkward stretching is required.     
4       n-count   A stretchof time is a period of time.  
oft N of n  
...after an 18-month stretch in the army..., He would study for eight to ten hours at a stretch.     
5       verb   If something stretchesfrom one time to another, it begins at the first time and ends at the second, which is longer than expected.  
...a working day that stretches from seven in the morning to eight at night.      V from n to n  
6       verb   If a group of things stretchfrom one type of thing to another, the group includes a wide range of things.   (=range)  
...a trading empire, with interests that stretched from chemicals to sugar.      V from n to n  
7       verb   When something soft or elastic stretches or is stretched, it becomes longer or bigger as well as thinner, usually because it is pulled.  
The cables are designed not to stretch...      V  
Ease the pastry into the corners of the tin, making sure you don't stretch it.      V n  
8       adj   Stretch fabric is soft and elastic and stretches easily.  
ADJ n  
...stretch fabrics such as Lycra., ...stretch cotton swimsuits.     
9       verb   If you stretch an amount of something or if it stretches, you make it last longer than it usually would by being careful and not wasting any of it.  
They're used to stretching their budgets...      V n  
During his senior year his earnings stretched far enough to buy an old car.      V  
10       verb   If your resources can stretch to something, you can just afford to do it.  
no cont  
She suggested to me that I might like to start regular savings and I said Well, I don't know whether I can stretch to that.      V to n  
11       verb   If something stretches your money or resources, it uses them up so you have hardly enough for your needs.  
The drought there is stretching American resources...      V n  
Public expenditure was being stretched to the limit by having to support 3 million unemployed people.      be V-ed prep/adv  
12       verb   If you say that a job or task stretches you, you mean that you like it because it makes you work hard and use all your energy and skills so that you do not become bored or achieve less than you should.,   (approval)    (=push)  
I'm trying to move on and stretch myself with something different...      V pron-refl  
They criticised the quality of teaching, claiming pupils were not stretched enough.      V n  
13    If you are at full stretch   , you are using the maximum amount of effort or energy.      
at full stretch             phrase   PHR after v  
Everyone would be working at full stretch.     
14    If you say that something is not true or possible by any stretch of the imagination, you are emphasizing that it is completely untrue or absolutely impossible.  
by any stretch of the imagination/by no stretch of the imagination      phrase  
Her husband was not a womaniser by any stretch of the imagination...     
15    If you stretch your legs, you go for a short walk, usually after you have been sitting down for a long time.  
stretch one's legs      phrase   V inflects  
I stopped at the square and got out to stretch my legs.      stretch out  
1       phrasal verb   If you stretch out or stretchyourselfout, you lie with your legs and body in a straight line.  
The jacuzzi was too small to stretch out in...      V P adv/prep  
Moira stretched herself out on the lower bench.      V pron-refl P prep/adv, Also V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you stretch out a part of your body, you hold it out straight.  
He was about to stretch out his hand to grab me.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
full     ( fuller    comparative)   ( fullest    superlative  )
1       adj   If something is full, it contains as much of a substance or as many objects as it can.,   (Antonym: empty)    Once the container is full, it stays shut until you turn it clockwise., ...a full tank of petrol.     
2       adj   If a place or thing is full of things or people, it contains a large number of them.  
v-link ADJ of n   (=filled)  
The case was full of clothes..., The streets are still full of debris from two nights of rioting., ...a useful recipe leaflet full of ideas for using the new cream.     
3       adj   If someone or something is full of a particular feeling or quality, they have a lot of it.  
v-link ADJ of n  
I feel full of confidence and so open to possibilities..., Mom's face was full of pain., exquisite mousse, incredibly rich and full of flavour.     
4       adj   You say that a place or vehicle is full when there is no space left in it for any more people or things.  
usu v-link ADJ  
The main car park was full when I left about 10.45..., They stay here a few hours before being sent to refugee camps, which are now almost full..., The bus was completely full, and lots of people were standing.     
5       adj   If your hands or arms are full, you are carrying or holding as much as you can carry.  
v-link ADJ  
Sylvia entered, her arms full of packages..., People would go into the store and come out with their arms full.     
6       adj   If you feel full, you have eaten or drunk so much that you do not want anything else.  
v-link ADJ  
It's healthy to eat when I'm hungry and to stop when I'm full.     
  fullness      n-uncount  
High fibre diets give the feeling of fullness.     
7       adj   You use full before a noun to indicate that you are referring to all the details, things, or people that it can possibly include.  
ADJ n   (=complete)  
Full details will be sent to you once your application has been accepted..., May I have your full name?...     
8       adj   Full is used to describe a sound, light, or physical force which is being produced with the greatest possible power or intensity.  
ADJ n  
From his study came the sound of Mahler, playing at full volume..., Then abruptly he revved the engine to full power.     
      Full is also an adverb., adv   ADV adv  
...a two-seater Lotus, parked with its headlamps full on.     
9       adj   You use full to emphasize the completeness, intensity, or extent of something.  
ADJ n     (emphasis)    We should conserve oil and gas by making full use of other energy sources..., Television cameras are carrying the full horror of this war into homes around the world..., The lane leading to the farm was in full view of the house windows...     
10       adj   A full statement or report contains a lot of information and detail.  
usu ADJ n  
Mr Primakov gave a full account of his meeting with the President., ...the enormous detail in this very full document.     
11       adj   If you say that someone has or leads a full life, you approve of the fact that they are always busy and do a lot of different things.  
usu ADJ n     (approval)    You will be successful in whatever you do and you will have a very full and interesting life.     
12       adv   You use full to emphasize the force or directness with which someone or something is hit or looked at.  
ADV prep     (emphasis)    She kissed him full on the mouth...     
13       adj   You use full to refer to something which gives you all the rights, status, or importance for a particular position or activity, rather than just some of them.  
ADJ n  
How did the meeting go, did you get your full membership?...     
14       adj   A full flavour is strong and rich.  
ADJ n  
Italian plum tomatoes have a full flavour, and are best for cooking.     
15       adj   If you describe a part of someone's body as full, you mean that it is rounded and rather large.  
usu ADJ n  
The Juno Collection specialises in large sizes for ladies with a fuller figure., ...his strong chin, his full lips, his appealing mustache.     
16       adj   A full skirt or sleeve is wide and has been made from a lot of fabric.  
usu ADJ n  
My wedding dress has a very full skirt.     
  fullness      n-uncount  
The coat has raglan sleeves, and is cut to give fullness at the back.     
17       adj   When there is a full moon, the moon appears as a bright, complete circle.  
usu ADJ n  
18    You say that something has been done or described in full when everything that was necessary has been done or described.  
in full      phrase   PHR after v   (=fully)  
The medical experts have yet to report in full...     
19    If you say that a person knows full well that something is true, especially something unpleasant, you are emphasizing that they are definitely aware of it, although they may behave as if they are not.  
know full well      phrase   V inflects     (emphasis)    He knew full well he'd be ashamed of himself later.     
20    Something that is done or experienced to the full is done to as great an extent as is possible.  
to the full      phrase   PHR after v  
She probably has a good mind, which should be used to the full...     
    to be full of beans  
    full blast  
    to come full circle  
    to have your hands full  
    in full swing  

Something that is chock-full is completely full.  
INFORMAL      adj   v-link ADJ, usu ADJ of n  
The 32-page catalog is chock-full of things that add fun to festive occasions.     
full-back        ( full-backs    plural  ) , fullback   In rugby or football, a full-back is a defending player whose position is towards the goal which their team is defending.      n-count  
Full-blooded behaviour and actions are carried out with great commitment and enthusiasm.      adj   ADJ n     (Antonym: half-hearted)    Experts are agreed that full-blooded market reform is the only way to save the economy.     
Full-blown means having all the characteristics of a particular type of thing or person.      adj   ADJ n  
Before becoming a full-blown director, he worked as the film editor on Citizen Kane.     
full board      , full-board  
If the price at a hotel includes full board, it includes all your meals.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-uncount  
full dress     
Someone who is infull dress is wearing all the clothes needed for a ceremony or formal occasion.      n-uncount  
in AM, use full-flavored     
Full-flavoured food or wine has a pleasant fairly strong taste.      adj  
Full-fledged means the same as fully fledged.      adj  
full-frontal   , full frontal  
1       adj   If there is full-frontal nudity in a photograph or film, you can see the whole of the front part of someone's naked body, including the genitals.  
usu ADJ n  
Why is full-frontal male nudity still so scarce in films?     
2       adj   If you use full-frontal to describe someone's criticism or way of dealing with something, you are emphasizing that it is very strong and direct.  
usu ADJ n     (emphasis)    The Tories believe a full-frontal attack on the opposition leader is their best hope...     
An animal or plant that is full-grown has reached its full adult size and stopped growing.      adj  
...a full-grown male orang-utan.     
full house        ( full houses    plural  ) If a theatre has afull house for a particular performance, it has as large an audience as it can hold.      n-count  
...playing to a full house.     
1       adj   A full-length book, record, or film is the normal length, rather than being shorter than normal.  
ADJ n  
...his first full-length recording in well over a decade.     
2       adj   A full-length coat or skirt is long enough to reach the lower part of a person's leg, almost to the ankles. A full-length sleeve reaches a person's wrist.  
ADJ n  
3       adj   Full-length curtains or other furnishings reach to the floor.  
ADJ n  
4       adj   A full-length mirror or painting shows the whole of a person.  
ADJ n  
5       adv   Someone who is lying full-length, is lying down flat and stretched out.  
ADV after v  
She stretched herself out full-length.     
full marks     
If you get full marks in a test or exam, you get everything right and gain the maximum number of marks.  
  (BRIT)      n-plural  
Most people in fact got full marks in one question and zero in the other.     
in AM, use a perfect score     
full monty     
You use thefull monty to describe something that impresses you because it includes everything that you could possibly expect it to include.  
INFORMAL      n-sing   the N     (approval)    There was everything from simple piano to a full orchestral finish. The full monty.     
Full-on is used to describe things or activities that have all the characteristics of their type, or are done in the strongest or most extreme way possible.  
INFORMAL      adj  
What they were really good at was full-on rock'n'roll...     
A full-page advertisement, picture, or article in a newspaper or magazine uses a whole page.      adj   ADJ n  
1       adj   Full-scale means as complete, intense, or great in extent as possible.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: limited)    ...the possibility of a full-scale nuclear war.     
2       adj   A full-scale drawing or model is the same size as the thing that it represents.  
ADJ n  
...working, full-scale prototypes.     
full-size      , full-sized  
A full-size or full-sized model or picture is the same size as the thing or person that it represents.      adj   ADJ n  
I made a full-size cardboard model.     
full stop        ( full stops    plural  ) A full stop is the punctuation mark . which you use at the end of a sentence when it is not a question or exclamation.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use period     
A full-throated sound coming from someone's mouth, such as a shout or a laugh, is very loud.      adj   ADJ n  
...full-throated singing.     
full-time   , full time  
1       adj   Full-time work or study involves working or studying for the whole of each normal working week rather than for part of it.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: part-time)    ...a full-time job., ...full-time staff.     
      Full-time is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Deirdre works full-time.     
2       n-uncount   In games such as football, full-time is the end of a match.  
The score at full-time was Arsenal 1, Sampdoria 1.     
full-timer        ( full-timers    plural  ) A full-timer is someone who works full-time.      n-count  
The company employs six full-timers and one part-time worker.     
full up   , full-up  
1       adj   Something that is full up has no space left for any more people or things.  
v-link ADJ  
The prisons are all full up.     
2       adj   If you are full up you have eaten or drunk so much that you do not want to eat or drink anything else.  
INFORMAL   v-link ADJ  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    brimful, brimming, bursting at the seams, complete, entire, filled, gorged, intact, loaded, replete, sated, satiated, satisfied, saturated, stocked, sufficient  
2    abundant, adequate, all-inclusive, ample, broad, comprehensive, copious, detailed, exhaustive, extensive, generous, maximum, plenary, plenteous, plentiful, thorough, unabridged  
3    chock-a-block, chock-full, crammed, crowded, in use, jammed, occupied, packed, taken  
4    clear, deep, distinct, loud, resonant, rich, rounded  
5    baggy, balloon-like, buxom, capacious, curvaceous, large, loose, plump, puffy, rounded, voluminous, voluptuous  
6    in full      completely, in its entirety, in total, in toto, without exception  
7    to the full      completely, entirely, fully, thoroughly, to the utmost, without reservation  
   abridged, blank, devoid, empty, exhausted, faint, incomplete, limited, partial, restricted, thin, tight, vacant, void  

ballsy     (taboo slang)   gutsy     (slang)   hearty, lusty, mettlesome, red-blooded, vigorous, virile  
1    advanced, complete, developed, entire, full, full-scale, full-sized, fully developed, fully fledged, fully formed, fully grown, progressed, total, whole  
2    blossoming, flowering, full, in full bloom, opened out, unfolded  
1    dormant, latent, potential, undeveloped  
fruity, full-flavoured, heady, heavy, mellow, redolent, rich, strong, well-matured  
adult, developed, full-fledged, grown-up, in one's prime, marriageable, mature, nubile, of age, ripe  
   adolescent, green, premature, undeveloped, unfledged, unformed, unripe, untimely, young  
all-encompassing, all-out, comprehensive, exhaustive, extensive, full-dress, in-depth, major, proper, sweeping, thorough, thoroughgoing, wide-ranging  

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in a line, continuously, in quick succession
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
1. the operation or work of cutting grass and curing it for hay 2. the act of taking full advantage of an easy opportunity
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