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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

    Dave Porter and His Rivals

    Edward Stratemeyer

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


    Alexandra G. Lockwine

  • The track was slow, and deep in dust except on the homestretch.

  • They must be racing their horses as if they were entering the homestretch, as if they were sure of the goal.

  • 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 (