homestretch

noun

home·​stretch ˈhōm-ˈstrech How to pronounce homestretch (audio)
1
: the part of a racecourse between the last turn and the winning post
2
: a final stage

Example Sentences

The horses are in the homestretch.
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, even as discussions are underway about potential venues and dates for a formal announcement, Trump continues to tease the possibility of declaring his intentions at one of the rallies he's planned for the election's homestretch. Jill Colvin, ajc, 2 Nov. 2022 During the homestretch of the race, the Kansas Democratic Party declined to pay for a $20,000 mailer while prioritizing other races. Sarah Smarsh, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 There are some controversial issues likely to pop up as the campaigns enter the homestretch. Drew Kann, ajc, 19 Sep. 2022 The homestretch, however, is when lower-profile gems are often discovered, as I was reminded by a few screenings. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Sep. 2022 Democrats are entering the homestretch before November’s election in better shape than earlier this year, a WSJ poll shows. WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 Tampa Bay has the opportunity to get to the midway point of the season, heal up and then hit the homestretch healthy and primed for success. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 By the time the runners hit the homestretch there was no doubt Johnson would win. Carl Leivers, Outside Online, 14 Apr. 2020 While Foulkes finished strong, Gorbea’s campaign stumbled down the homestretch. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of homestretch was in 1841

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“Homestretch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homestretch. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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homestretch

noun

home·​stretch ˈhōm-ˈstrech How to pronounce homestretch (audio)
1
: the part of a racetrack between the final turn and the finish line
2
: a final stage

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