[ bak-strech ]


  1. the straight part of a race track opposite the part leading to the finish line.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of backstretch1

First recorded in 1830–40; back 1 + stretch

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Example Sentences

En route to hammering out a 57-second last lap, Hassan opened up a small gap on Obiri on the backstretch.

As the field thundered down the backstretch, Espinoza steered his horse out wide.

At Belmont, jockeys must not let their horse run too hard too early, and conserve some energy for the half-mile-long backstretch.

Bob slipped coming into the backstretch and went down, and Martin hurled himself on him.

Taral had Manuel under a wrap close up in second place and approaching the turn from the backstretch he nailed the leader.

Around the turn going into the backstretch, Worth was still leading by his length and a half advantage.


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