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 for To be on the stretch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stretch \Stretch\, n.
     1. Act of stretching, or state of being stretched; reach;
        effort; struggle; strain; as, a stretch of the limbs; a
        stretch of the imagination.
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              By stretch of arms the distant shore to gain.
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              Those put a lawful authority upon the stretch, to
              the abuse of yower, under the color of prerogative.
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     2. A continuous line or surface; a continuous space of time;
        as, grassy stretches of land.
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              A great stretch of cultivated country. --W. Black.
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              But all of them left me a week at a stretch. --E.
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     3. The extent to which anything may be stretched.
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              Quotations, in their utmost stretch, can signify no
              more than that Luther lay under severe agonies of
              mind.                                 --Atterbury.
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              This is the utmost stretch that nature can.
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     4. (Naut.) The reach or extent of a vessel's progress on one
        tack; a tack or board.
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     5. Course; direction; as, the stretch of seams of coal.
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     To be on the stretch, to be obliged to use one's utmost
     Home stretch. See under Home, a.
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