back·​stretch ˈbak-ˌstrech How to pronounce backstretch (audio)
: the side opposite the homestretch on a racecourse

Example Sentences

The horses are in the backstretch.
Recent Examples on the Web The race was not without its moment of serious concern when Epicenter was pulled up on the backstretch because of an injury to his right front leg. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2022 Epicenter broke in the middle of the eight-horse race as Cyberknife, winner of the Haskell Stakes, went to the front and at one point on the backstretch had a two-length advantage. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2022 One fun fact from that day is that because there were no stalls for him on the backstretch at Churchill Downs, he was housed three miles away at Douglas Park and had to walk on cobblestone streets to get to the race. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Speaker’s Corner led down the backstretch, then faded. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2022 And that motorsports stadium gave a great view of the track, especially since a long row of grandstands that once lined the backstretch were gone. Greg Engle, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Lakeman, trailing Maiorano by some 50 meters down the backstretch of the final lap, caught the South Medford senior just before the finish line to win in a time of 8:13.31. oregonlive, 20 May 2022 On Lap 51 during Saturday's GMR Grand Prix, Grosjean and Rahal's RLL teammate Jack Harvey were headed down the backstretch of the road course side-by-side entering Turn 7 when the pair touched wheels multiple times. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2022 In one last twist, Christopher Bell actually crossed the line second, but NASCAR penalized him for dipping below the double white line on the backstretch of the last lap to get past Chastain. Paul Newberry,, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backstretch was in 1831

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“Backstretch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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back·​stretch -ˌstrech How to pronounce backstretch (audio)
: the side of a racetrack that is opposite the part between the last turn and the finish line
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