||having very little money, nearly flat broke
||I can't afford to go to a concert this month. I'm strapped.
||an idea to be discussed and refined, a draft proposal or motion
||I have an idea that may work - kind of a straw horse. I'll tell
you about it and we can discuss its potential.
|straw that broke the camel's back
||(See the last straw)
||knowing how to survive, worldly wise
||You need street smarts to be a police officer in Toronto.
||wise about street life, been around
||Let's ask Sal to go downtown with us. He's street wise.
|stretch the dollar
||spend carefully, buy the most for each dollar
||We have a large family. I stretch the dollar as far as I can.
|stretch the envelope
||extend the boundaries, expand your horizons
||I've set some goals that stretch my envelope - challenge me.
|stretch the truth
||add to a true story, include lies with the truth
||Al was stretching the truth. He said the waves were 60 feet high.
||saying it was bigger or better than it was
||To say the mosquitoes are as big as starlings is stretching it.
||very serious, not joking, no nonsense
||When he conducts the band, he's strictly business. He's serious.