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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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 The control tower that for decades sat high above the grandstands and in front of the checkered line was demolished Wednesday, cuing in the homestretch for the ISM Raceway's $178 million overhaul. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "ISM Raceway renovations: control tower demolished, construction hits homestretch," 30 May 2018 He got embroiled in a prolonged duel with Good Magic that continued all the way down the backstretch, around the far turn and in the homestretch until inside the final sixteenth. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Jon White’s first Belmont rankings," 25 May 2018 In the homestretch, Red Ruby pulled ahead, needing little urging from Lopez over the sloppy 1 1/8 miles. Jonas Shaffer,, "Red Ruby wins Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico," 19 May 2018 But as the field of eight 3-year-olds and above turned into the homestretch, Uncle Mojo separated with ease., "Preakness 2018: Race-by-race results," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of homestretch

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of homestretch was in 1841

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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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