finish line


Definition of finish line

: a line marking the end of a racecourse

Examples of finish line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the plot tends to outline its intentions in Sharpie — and veer into pure silliness by the final third — their presence pulls all that ridiculosity over the finish line: hardly a home run, but still a brittle, nasty bit of fun. Leah Greenblatt,, "Sarah Paulson is a mom unhinged in Hulu's high-camp thriller Run: Review," 18 Nov. 2020 Latinas followed at 69%, pushing Biden and Harris over the finish line in states like Arizona and Nevada. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: Black women and Latinas are poised to start a political revolution without white women," 11 Nov. 2020 Trump could also push immigration, environmental and other policy rule changes over the finish line at the Cabinet level. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Trump is not conceding, and is likely to fire foes, pardon friends," 7 Nov. 2020 The Cougars could, at this point, jump out of their car and push the thing over the finish line without losing exercise or ground. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: BYU always wanted to play football the way it did 40 years ago. Now, it is.," 25 Oct. 2020 Urias proceeded to save their season twice in a week, pitching five innings in a Game 3 win and then three perfect, sparkling innings to carry them over the finish line in Game 7. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "From TBA to center stage: World Series Game 4 starters Julio Urias, Ryan Yarbrough turn flexibility into strength," 24 Oct. 2020 Biden continues to have a strong lead in the battleground state of Michigan, where a surprise win in 2016 pushed Trump over the finish line. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Florida Voter Registration Extended After Crash: Campaign Update," 6 Oct. 2020 On Thursday, Harris pledged to work to push Minnesota over the finish line for the DFL. Torey Van Oot Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Harris: The path to the presidency 'runs straight through Minnesota'," 1 Oct. 2020 The two Venus probes have gotten quite far in the competitive selection process before, but this time Dyar hopes that excitement from the possible phosphine biosignature may help push one or both over the finish line. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Three ways scientists could search for life on Venus," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of finish line

1899, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Finish line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of finish line

US : a line that marks the end of a race

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Kids Definition of finish line

: a line marking the end of a racecourse

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