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[hohm-strech] /ˈhoʊmˈstrɛtʃ/
the straight part of a racetrack from the last turn to the finish line.
Compare backstretch.
the final phase of any endeavor:
The political campaign is in the homestretch.
Origin of homestretch
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; home + stretch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Coming down the homestretch, Nat Poole thought he had it all to himself.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • About the only time you showed any kind of form was on the homestretch.

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
  • The track was slow, and deep in dust except on the homestretch.

  • They must be racing their horses as if they were entering the homestretch, as if they were sure of the goal.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • Now, at last, the drive was on the homestretch with a few days to sparea narrow margin, but still a margin.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • Suddenly—it was when the homestretch was about half covered—the black flag rushed past them.

  • Half way down the homestretch, Harry still led, with Gravling but half a length behind him.

  • Having got his money safely down on Flitterfoot to win, Jeff was presently choking a post far up the homestretch.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb

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