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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Or will President Donald Trump rouse independents and use the power of incumbency to head into the homestretch as the favorite?, "Donald Trump’s state-by-state popularity shows 2020 Electoral College wipeout, but president has path to victory," 25 July 2019 Among the best things was to hear the crowd as the horses ran down the homestretch. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Racing! Great opening day at Del Mar," 18 July 2019 But when the field hit the homestretch, Sir Winston moved out several paths, in front of Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, then romped to a one-length win. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Sir Winston wins Belmont Stakes to give trainer second Triple Crown race win this season," 8 June 2019 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 This gave a chance for my mind to clear and reset, helping me to get through the homestretch of the workday without losing steam. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "4 Things That Happened When I Did 'Legs Up the Wall' Pose at Work Every Day," 13 Aug. 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 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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