end·​game | \ ˈen(d)-ˌgām How to pronounce endgame (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web That scene is a key part of the show's endgame, and like Ventimiglia, Moore relishes those moments in which Fogelman reveals another piece of the puzzle to the cast. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us star Mandy Moore on portraying Rebecca's dementia, season 5, and flash-forward hints," 21 Oct. 2020 And unless and until Democrats are willing to forcefully repudiate this theory, instead of seeking to rhetorically appease its adherents, we are likely condemned to play out the all-too-familiar endgame of the Lost Cause yet again. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "The Unacceptable Costs of Appeasing MAGA Nation," 21 Dec. 2020 Pellicciari thinks that Russia's endgame with the United States is that Russia wants its old superpower role back. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, "If Russia's behind hacking scheme, what is its ultimate goal?," 19 Dec. 2020 With the arrival of Netflix’s latest holiday slate (including the sublime Jingle Jangle, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, and Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square, referenced above), the Christmas movie has reached its logical endgame. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Netflix Took the Christmas Movie to Its Logical, Campy Conclusion," 15 Dec. 2020 What will his endgame be now, if this doesn't work? Alison Medley, Chron, "'It keeps him as a player': Scholar explains motives for AG Paxton's election lawsuit," 11 Dec. 2020 But the endgame is bound to make all that look at least a little different. chicagotribune.com, "Review: In Showtime’s ‘Your Honor,’ Bryan Cranston breaks bad. This time it’s not quite believable," 5 Dec. 2020 When asked about the Huawei endgame—OK, so the US government convinces others to ban Huawei equipment, and Huawei 5G tanks; then what—the individual just shrugged. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy," 11 Nov. 2020 It’s through Rial’s trance-like memories that the movie’s endgame becomes clear. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Why The Twist At The End Of Netflix’s His House Is So Brutal," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of endgame

1881, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2021

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“Endgame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endgame. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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