end game

or end·game

noun
  1. Chess. the final stage of a game, usually following the exchange of queens and the serious reduction of forces.
  2. the late or final stages of any activity: the end game of the negotiations.

Origin of end game

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for end game

Contemporary Examples of end game

  • And no end-game for any sort of involvement has yet been outlined by proponents of American action.

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    How Not To Intervene In Syria

    Ali Gharib

    May 3, 2013

  • As Tony Karon put it on Twitter yesterday, what still dogs the Syria question is the "end-game problem."

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    Will We Go To War In Syria?

    Ali Gharib

    April 26, 2013

  • Leave the end-game to America; Clinton and Morsi will work out the details.

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    Obama's Biggest Opportunity Yet

    Bernard Avishai

    November 23, 2012

Historical Examples of end game

  • The handling of the King becomes of paramount importance once the end-game stage is reached.

    Chess Fundamentals

    Jos Ral Capablanca


Idioms and Phrases with end game

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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