finish line


Definition of finish line 

: a line marking the end of a racecourse

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Just hours after my episode, Brent Knight, the men's race leader, collapsed near the finish line on Fourth Avenue in front of thousands of fans and joined me in the ER. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018 Then there were Glencoe residents simply taking in the day’s events, including Mike Durkin, who was standing at the start/finish line on Vernon Avenue. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Wilmette native races in his first Glencoe Grand Prix after being hit by car last year," 5 June 2018 The walkers and runners followed the same route up Main and along Broadway, but the walk ended with a right turn on McCormick Street and then to the finish line on Lee Way at Shamrock Park. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Nearly 1,000 runners and walkers come out for 38th annual Bel Air Town Run," 4 June 2018 Getting to the finish line on game day now starts with raucous tailgating in the parking lots around the stadium, a kind of SEC meets M.L.S. vibe, and a couple of curious rituals. Ken Belson, New York Times, "A New Atlanta, United by Soccer," 17 May 2018 Participants will then begin a 26.2-mile run through The Woodlands toward the finish line on Waterway Avenue. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands' Ironman expected to draw 3,000 racers," 27 Apr. 2018 House Democrats are not eager to bail out Ryan with a handful of votes to get him over the finish line on major legislation. Philip Elliott, Time, "The Shutdown Ended Because Democrats Lost Their Spine," 22 Jan. 2018 In the last go-around, the White House relied heavily on outside consultants to push Gorsuch over the finish line., "Trump’s reveal of his Supreme Court choice will be a show, and that’s how he likes it," 8 July 2018 Family members helped construct a giant, granite bench that rests at Bird Ridge's halfway point near the finish line of the junior race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A year after fatal bear attack, family will return to Bird Ridge for ‘Jack’s Run’," 15 June 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finish line was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of finish line

: 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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