- 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.
Origin of end game
Examples from the Web for endgame
Yes, there are several, arguably illuminating revelations in the Chander-dog saga, but the endgame is the same.15 Times ‘Friends’ Was Really, Really Weird
September 18, 2014
The endgame for Hamas, avowedly in both word and deed, is Jewish genocide.Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story
July 10, 2014
She seems to understand the endgame, and scoffs at others she sees who post butt selfies without context.Back Off, B*tches. There’s Only One Butt Selfie Queen
May 9, 2014
Even though it was never mentioned or even alluded to as an endgame, not even once.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
Kelly Williams Brown
February 24, 2014
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker criticized the Cruz strategy because “there was no endgame there.”Senate Raises Debt Ceiling After GOP 'Dysfunction'
February 12, 2014
- 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
Word Origin and History for endgame
Idioms and Phrases with endgame
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.