home·​stretch | \ˈhōm-ˈstrech \

Definition of homestretch 

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

2 : a final stage

Examples of homestretch in a Sentence

The horses are in the homestretch.

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Rannazzisi made the comments in the homestretch of Republican Blackburn’s heated Senate race against former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "Ex-DEA official says Blackburn had warning on opioid law," 26 Oct. 2018 The push down the homestretch wrapped up an impressive national championship performance for Ellis, who also was second in the 400 and was part of a 4x100 relay that finished third. David Furones,, "St. Thomas alum Kendall Ellis makes remarkable comeback to win national title for USC," 11 June 2018 First there was a reaction shot of owner Penny (Chenery) Tweedy celebrating in her box overlooking the homestretch. Tim Layden,, "Remembering Chic Anderson’s Legendary Call of Secretariat’s Record Run at 1973 Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2018 Others were there to bet on horse races around the country, their eyes trained on a row of flat-screen televisions along a back wall showing horses barreling down the homestretch. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "How a New Jersey Sports Bar Made a $3 Million Bet and Won," 23 May 2018 There were three more near-misses in the early 2000s: War Emblem, Funny Cide and, heartbreakingly, in the last 100 yards on the long Belmont homestretch, the popular Smarty Jones in 2004. Tim Layden,, "Justify Attempts to Earn Triple Crown at Belmont With Less Narrative, Faded Anticipation," 7 June 2018 And speaking of that, there's the frustration that the Canadian part of the story (which just so happens to have all of the show's people of color) was left behind in the homestretch of the season. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: 'Handmaid's Tale' Finale a Case of Brilliant Acting, Frustrating Storytelling," 11 July 2018 Norman smoothly powered past Auburn's Akeem Bloomfield (who also dipped under 44, 43.94) in the homestretch and pulled away for a comfortable win. Joe Fleming, USA TODAY, "USC racks up records at NCAA track championships, Georgia wins men's team title," 9 June 2018 This was frustrating to some trainers with horses that needed a tired Justify in the homestretch, but lacked a horse with early speed. Tim Layden,, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of homestretch

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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