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

Examples of homestretch in a Sentence

The horses are in the homestretch.

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Once again, the homestretch duels between the United States and Jamaica, with fans of both countries yelling their lungs out, will generate plenty of goose bumps. Joe Juliano,, "What you need to know about the 2018 Penn Relays," 25 Apr. 2018 Thanks for your time, especially during his very busy homestretch of the campaign. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 Michigan fifth-year senior Ben Flanagan charged down the homestretch at Hayward Field in the men’s 10,000 meters and managed to catch Alabama’s Vincent Kiprop in the closing meters and cap off his final race in a Block M uniform with an NCAA title. Chris Chavez,, "Ben Flanagan’s Mom on Her Son’s Incredible Kick to Win an NCAA Title," 7 June 2018 The states were slammed by two hurricanes in quick succession—Florence in September and Michael in October—further complicating the high-stakes homestretch to the election. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "States Hit by Hurricanes Remind People to Vote, Despite the Destruction," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of homestretch

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of homestretch

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

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