homestretch

noun
home·​stretch | \ ˈhōm-ˈstrech How to pronounce homestretch (audio) \

Definition of homestretch

1 : the part of a racecourse between the last turn and the winning post
2 : a final stage

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Examples of homestretch in a Sentence

The horses are in the homestretch.
Recent Examples on the Web There were moves and countermoves galore down the homestretch. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Winners at War recap: Double elimination smackdown!," 7 May 2020 After reaching the county championship game last season for the first time in school history, this year's squad hit its stride in the homestretch drive on the soccer pitch. Alex Kushel, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Christa McAuliffe girls rise to the challenges in middle school soccer playoffs," 12 May 2018 Despite DeRozan’s sort-of denials, the star guard’s future with the Spurs will continue to be an object of speculation as the team plods down the homestretch of a season looking increasingly unlikely to end in a playoff berth. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Is this DeMar DeRozan’s final act with the Spurs?," 11 Mar. 2020 No, because this is the homestretch to find out who will be the Democratic nominee. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Late Night Hosts React to Super Tuesday Results, Biden's "Crazy Comeback"," 5 Mar. 2020 Offshore drilling became a hallmark issue for Cunningham as the race moved into the homestretch. Paul Bowers, The New Republic, "How Lindsey Graham Could Lose in 2020," 16 Mar. 2020 Warren plans a homestretch run of radio advertising, in part to save her resources for later. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Sanders looks to California to deliver him the Democratic nomination," 1 Mar. 2020 On the track, American sprinter Noah Lyles needed about six steps to overtake the competition at the start of the homestretch of the men’s 200, then beat Canada’s Andre De Grasse going away, in 19.83 seconds. BostonGlobe.com, "DOHA, Qatar — Not a single runner passing through the orbit of famed track coach Alberto Salazar has been implicated for doping, so when Donavan Brazier coasted in for a blowout victory Tuesday in the 800-meter race at the world championships, there was no reason to suspect he would be, either.," 2 Oct. 2019 After a week's worth of questionnaires, dismissals and supermodel summons, jury selection is now in the homestretch in the Harvey Weinstein case. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harvey Weinstein trial: Potential juror facing jail time for tweet; Gigi Hadid dismissed," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of homestretch

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Homestretch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homestretch. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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homestretch

noun
How to pronounce homestretch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of homestretch

: the part of a racetrack between the last turn and the finish line

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