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"The long-dormant Chaiten volcano blasted ash some 30 kilometres into the Andean sky today, forcing thousands to evacuate and fouling a huge stretch of the South American continent."
Please, I would like to know if the usage of ''stretch'' in the way it's been used in this sentence is common and usual English.
One of the many possible meanings I found for it is "a large and unbroken expanse or distance; 'a stretch of highway'; 'a stretch of clear water'".
In my part of the world the word "stretch" is commonly used as a noun to indicate a large expanse or area, particularly amongst the ranchers of Idaho. My mother also used "stretch" in relation to unbelievable stories or statements such as, "That is a stretch of the imagination," or "That is stretching the truth."
Last edited by cwandrus; 07-May-2008 at 00:17. Reason: spelling