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Stretch, 1) tr. a) to extend (German: recken, and strecken): “the duke dare no more s. this finger of mine than he dare rack his own,” Meas. V, 316; cf. “would upon the rack of this tough world s. him out longer,” Lr. V, 3, 315. their (groans') “discharge did s. his leathern coat almost to bursting,” As II, 1, 37. “--ed along like a wounded knight,” III, 2, 253. “if both gain, all the gift doth s. itself as 'tis received, and is enough for both,” All's II, 1, 4. “upon uneasy pallets --ing thee,” H4B III, 1, 10. “my grief --es itself beyond the hour of death,” IV, 4, 57. “he --ed him, and, with one hand on his dagger, . . . he did discharge a horrible oath,” H8 I, 2, 204 (he rose to his full height). if you might please to s. it (your cheveril conscience) II, 3, 33. “reverend for thy --ed out life,” Troil. I, 3, 61. “leave nothing out for length, and make us think rather our state's defective for requital than we to s. it out,” Cor. II, 2, 55 (to extend, i. e. to show or offer it). thus far having --ed it (your hand) III, 2, 74. “my sinews shall be --ed upon him,” V, 6, 45. I s. it out for that word '“broad',” Rom. II, 4, 89. “have I in conquest --ed mine arm so far,” Caes. II, 2, 66. “would s. thy spirits up into the air,” Lr. IV, 2, 23. “Caesar's ambition, which swelled so much that it did almost s. the sides o' the world,” Cymb. III, 1, 50.
b) to open wide: “how shall we s. our eye when capital crimes appear before us,” H5 II, 2, 55. “s. the nostril wide,” III, 1, 15. “his nostrils --ed with struggling,” H6B III, 2, 171.
c) to strain, to put to the utmost strength or efficacy: “the ox hath --ed his yoke in vain,” Mids. II, 1, 93. “s. thy chest,” Troil. IV, 5, 10. “let our alliance be combined, our best friends made, our means --ed,” Caes. IV, 1, 44. “ducking observants that s. their duties nicely” Lr. II, 2, 110. “since your kindness we have --ed thus far,” Per. V, 1, 55. cf. Cor. V, 6, 45. --ed == strained, constrained, affected, exaggerated: “--ed metre of an antique song,” Sonn. 17, 12. “extremely --ed and conned with cruel pain,” Mids. V, 80. “to hear the wooden dialogue and sound 'twixt his --ed footing and the scaffoldage,” Troil. I, 3, 156.
2) intr. a) to be extended, to be drawn out: “there's not a minute of our lives should s. without some pleasure now,” Ant. I, 1, 46.
b) to reach, to extend to: “the --ing of a span buckles in his sum of age,” As III, 2, 139. had it (his skill) “--ed so far,” All's I, 1, 22. “so far as my coin would s.” H4A I, 2, 62. which (his lust) “--ed to their servants,” R3 III, 5, 82. it (his will) “--es beyond you, to your friends,” H8 I, 2, 141. “that the precipitation might down s. below the beam of sight,” Cor. III, 2, 4. “a wit of cheveril, that --es from an inch narrow to an ell broad,” Rom. II, 4, 87. “his means may well s. so far as to annoy us all,” Caes. II, 1, 159. “will the line s. out to the crack of doom?” Mcb. IV, 1, 117.
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