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 The timing now coincides with Newsom’s homestretch run. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 In the men’s 800, Canada’s Marco Arop made a late move to get into the lead and then kicked down the homestretch to win in 1:44.51, beating the top two medalists from Tokyo. Chris Hansen, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2021 Both competed Friday, with Katsaras storming up the final homestretch to take first in 10:58.57. Joe Magill, cleveland, 29 May 2021 Biden can’t cross one off his list without addressing the other, my colleague Chris Megerian reports, as political disagreements threaten to trip up his administration’s pandemic response just as the homestretch comes into view. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 The 35-year-old mom rallied from fifth at the start of the homestretch to the second-place finish at U.S. track trials. Eddie Pells, ajc, 21 June 2021 The 35-year-old mom rallied from fifth at the start of the homestretch to the second-place finish at U.S. track trials Sunday. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, 20 June 2021 Observers from each campaign, many of them tired from the race’s homestretch and Sunday’s counting marathon, looked over the counters’ shoulders, many with coffee cups in hand. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Centrowitz turned to his right and appeared to say something to Hocker as the two sped down the homestretch. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 26 June 2021

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First Known Use of homestretch

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Sep 2021

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“Homestretch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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