back·​stretch | \ ˈbak-ˌstrech How to pronounce backstretch (audio) \

Definition of backstretch

: the side opposite the homestretch on a racecourse

Examples of backstretch in a Sentence

The horses are in the backstretch.
Recent Examples on the Web Blaney, who now has three wins this season, was out in front as a big crash was triggered behind him on the backstretch. Zach Dean, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2021 Midnight Bourbon and Essential Quality ground up the backstretch in this fashion, with the far turn looming. Guy Martin, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 On the first turn and the backstretch, Cedillo kept him within two, three lengths of the lead. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 There were cars parked behind the backstretch, something not seen in more than a year. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2021 The track and grandstands are in Albany, while the backstretch — rows of horse barns, equipment sheds and housing in dozens of plain green buildings — are in Berkeley. Ron Kroichick,, 15 Jan. 2021 The championship leader’s car was trailing smoke on the backstretch before stopping with mechanical failure. Christopher Deharde, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Aug. 2021 While Gallegos got a pay cut, other Pimlico backstretch workers like Lorna Brown went almost a month without work, until late March 2020. Stephanie García,, 14 May 2021 The Northern California track has been closed about a month after more than 200 backstretch workers had contracted the novel coronavirus. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of backstretch

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Backstretch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backstretch

: the far side of a racetrack : the side of a track that is opposite to the homestretch


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