stretch the meaning

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He said, "It is inappropriate to stretch the meaning of these countermeasures from a diplomatic point of view or regard it as an unfriendly measure against the subjected state.
They said that it would be wrong to stretch the meaning of 'sex' in the statute to include sexual orientation.
He says Whole Foods' standards have helped clean up the market, but there are still less scrupulous companies that stretch the meaning of the word organic to include petroleum-based oils and nonorganic palm and coconut oils that make up the base of many personal care products.
I have tried to do that as Foreign Secretary and since, but I realise now that the task has become futile: trying to stretch the meaning of words beyond what was credible, and trying to pretend there was a common policy when every step forward risked being subverted by some casual comment.
This ethical dimension leads Palumbo-Liu to stretch the meaning of "delivery" beyond the concrete encounters between people (in the economic, social, political, cultural, technological realm) to the encounter of intersubjective feeling, empathy, and affect.
That result was the only real shock - to stretch the meaning of the word to its limits - on the night, with bookmakers accurately anticipating the outcomes.
Obviously, the category includes biography and autobiography, but by also including novels and nonfiction manifestos in her study, Adams seems to stretch the meaning to indicate any text that presents a human life story.
At least two of these cases stretch the meaning of "education" beyond schooling to include Sunday schools or proselytizing classes--those from China and Saudi Arabia.
And while some courts have allowed policyholders to stretch the meaning of "accident," other courts enforce the plain meaning of insurance policies and refuse to allow intentional acts that cause the intended consequences to be treated as accidents.
They would not try to stretch the meaning or implications of evidence.
Some plan sponsors have sought to stretch the meaning of Section 419 with single employer 419(e) Plans.
But he coaches them for fun, which is to stretch the meaning of the word to its limit.