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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. 2017.
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  • 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 (
  • About the only time you showed any kind of form was on the homestretch.

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
  • Cornflower, lightly weighted, able to set a pace or hold one, did not show in front until the homestretch was reached.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Half way down the homestretch, Harry still led, with Gravling but half a length behind him.

  • Coming down the homestretch, Nat Poole thought he had it all to himself.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • She took the little local packet at Cairo, and now she was on the homestretch.

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • 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
  • “Now for the canoe and the homestretch,” announced Amesbury, upon looking out upon the water and clear sky.

    The Wilderness Castaways Dillon Wallace

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