Chess. the final stage of a game, usually following the exchange of queens and the serious reduction of forces.
the late or final stages of any activity: the end game of the negotiations.
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How to use end game in a sentence
“The biggest end game is to grow our subscribers,” said Mark Smith, director of social and operations at The Washington Post.How The Washington Post’s new Instagram editor will try to boost its subscription business | Sara Guaglione | February 2, 2021 | Digiday
The end game of The Patriots was societal control through combating “junk data” and misinformation on the Internet.
It’s vaccines that hasten that end game—and save millions of lives in the process.Too Many Americans Still Mistrust the COVID-19 Vaccines. Here's Why | Jeffrey Kluger | January 5, 2021 | Time
The end game is for the players to partner up for “some economic interaction,” the authors write.Larry David and the Game Theory of Anonymous Donations - Facts So Romantic | Brian Gallagher | December 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Depending on which side missions you complete, for example, more options become available for the end game.‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is a thrill ride through an ugly, unexamined world | Elise Favis | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
With this hideous bushy outcrop, the beard has reached its end game.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point | Tim Teeman | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Less clear is the end game for the committee, which calls into question the need for its existence.How The Bridgegate Investigation Ground to a Halt—And Let Chris Christie Zoom Off to Iowa | Olivia Nuzzi | July 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But what is the end game here, and what are the unintended consequences of imbuing a robotic device with cuteness?
But we should have no illusions that we all share the same end game.
And no end-game for any sort of involvement has yet been outlined by proponents of American action.
Isolated Pawns in an end game are often weak, whilst Pawns on adjoining files are generally strong.Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do | Anonymous
Nevertheless, it aptly illustrates an important principle in end game play, and is well worthy of careful study.Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do | Anonymous
The handling of the King becomes of paramount importance once the end-game stage is reached.Chess Fundamentals | Jos Ral Capablanca
Pal of a poacher that's thick with one of these West end game-mongers.
As an end game, this is rather a sad exhibition for two masters.Chess Fundamentals | Jos Ral Capablanca
British Dictionary definitions for endgame
Also called: ending the closing stage of a game of chess, in which only a few pieces are left on the board
the closing stage of any of certain other games
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Other Idioms and Phrases with end game
The final stage of some process, as in The book discussed the diplomatic end game resulting in the treaty. This term, dating from about 1880, comes from chess, where it denotes the stage of a game when most of the pieces have been removed from the board. In the mid-1900s it began to be transferred to other activities.
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