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 news, which comes as President Joe Biden enters the homestretch of his first 100 days in office and amid the general declines in new virus cases, deaths and hospitalizations since January, offers a sign of hope for a weary nation., "US tops 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in a single day for first time," 4 Apr. 2021 The nine-game homestand meant to propel the Spurs down the homestretch has officially gone haywire. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Sadistic schedule sapping Spurs' playoff hopes," 30 Mar. 2021 Three years ago, the 2017-18 Wildcats also entered the homestretch of the regular season at 6-7 in SEC play. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How one recent Kentucky basketball team offers hope for Wildcats' postseason chances," 19 Feb. 2021 But just as the Golden Lions hit the homestretch, another obstacle has appeared. I.c. Murrell, Arkansas Online, "Water crisis leads to postponement of UAPB football kickoff," 25 Feb. 2021 Next, the top of the piece is opened up, and thus begins the homestretch of the process: heating, reheating, and reheating again. Megan Embrey, House Beautiful, "In The Hotshop With Cheryl Saban, Glassmaker Extraordinaire," 16 Feb. 2021 The Big 12 football race hits the homestretch, with just two Saturdays left before the championship game. Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, "Opinion: In Big 12 college football title race, not all losses count the same," 30 Nov. 2020 But the rest of the NFC playoff picture has been in a nearly constant shuffle as the 2020 season heads turns onto the homestretch. Jeff Nowak,, "Saints end Falcons' NFC South hopes and get a gift (sort-of); see where things stand after Week 13," 7 Dec. 2020 And yet the homestretch has also accommodated flashes of whimsy and community endemic to any campaign. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Campaign 2020: Let’s Never Do This Again," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Apr 2021

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“Homestretch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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