end·​game | \ˈen(d)-ˌgām \

Definition of endgame 

: the stage of a chess game after major reduction of forces also : the final stage of some action or process

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Examples of endgame in a Sentence

they're now in the endgame of the negotiations for a new labor contract

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The endgame in Syria’s north is complicated by several foreign interests, but the stakes are particularly high for Turkey. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Turkey Tries to Forestall Syrian Offensive," 14 Sep. 2018 When dreaming up a look for the designer, who is best known for off-kilter ensembles beloved by musicians like Björk and Erykah Badu, subversively garish was Oxley’s endgame. Vogue, "Extreme Kaleidoscopic Hair Is Sweeping London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2018 August’s message of liberation, fueled by the Leo Sun’s trust in the right here, right now, is that releasing attachment to the endgame can lead us to straight to the seat of our heart-pumping power. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes August 2018," 27 July 2018 Why not sidestep the middle meal and skip straight to the endgame? Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp," 9 July 2018 With Syrian government forces raising the national flag on Thursday over Dara’a, birthplace of the revolt against Mr. Assad, the endgame of the Syrian civil war seemed to be fast approaching. New York Times, "Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria," 12 July 2018 State of Decay 2’s endgame is murky from the start. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "State of Decay 2 review: Shambling toward nothing," 22 May 2018 This approach might make sense — politically if not morally — if there was a clear endgame. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "3 lessons from Trump’s immigration fiasco," 22 June 2018 Prior to the chaotic endgame, Cleveland had plenty of reasons to smile. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Silver Linings Emerge for Cavs After One of ‘Toughest Losses’ of LeBron James's Career," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of endgame

1881, in the meaning defined above

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