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1. The portion of a racetrack from the last turn to the finish line.
2. The final stages of an undertaking.
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1. the straight part of a racetrack from the last turn to the finish line. Compare backstretch.
2. the final phase of any endeavor.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homestretch - the end of an enterprise; "they were on the homestretch when the computer crashed"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
final stage, end, last - the concluding parts of an event or occurrence; "the end was exciting"; "I had to miss the last of the movie"
2.homestretch - the straight stretch of a racetrack leading to the finish line
stretch - a straightaway section of a racetrack
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References in classic literature ?
NOW we're on the homestretch, to a dead moral certainty.
She took the little local packet at Cairo, and now she was on the homestretch. Time had worn away her bitterness against her son, and she was able to think of him with serenity.
Half-way around, Tim led by fifty feet, and, running swiftly, maintaining the same lead, he came down the homestretch an easy winner.
'He's by the rail entering the homestretch,' Guiao told the Inquirer in Filipino.
CSB and UP engaged in a nip and tuck battle in the homestretch of the opening frame, with the Lady Blazers even taking a 24-22 lead on a Lorielyn Bernardo service that went wide and an off-speed shot by Abriam.
The five new signings joined an already star-studded crew at Ceres that includes local stars Stephan Schrock, Patrick Reichelt, Manny and Mike Ott, Martin Steuble, Kevin Ingreso, Jeffrey Christiaens, OJ Porteria, and Amani Aguinaldo and Spaniards Bienvenido Maranon, Super Herrera and Toni Doblas in the homestretch of the PFL and AFC Cup knockout stages.
Sitting at fifth with its 4-3 card, Che'Lu-San Sebastian wants nothing more than to continue its winning ways going to the homestretch of the eliminations.
Barangay Ginebra continued to toughen up heading to the homestretch of the PBA Commissioner's Cup elimination round, acquiring Julian Sargent from GlobalPort in exchange for Paolo Taha.
The defeat pulled the Fuel Masters down to seventh place and put them in a precarious position in the homestretch of the elimination phase of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
MANILA, Philippines - Rain or Shine and Blackwater clash in a duel between a frontrunner and tailender while Meralco and Phoenix tangle in a showdown of two teams looking to build momentum heading into the homestretch of the PBA Commissioner's Cup eliminations tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
LA Tenorio said that getting the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals is already the least of Ginebra's concerns going into the homestretch of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
They fumbled at the homestretch and lost Game One, 103-107, but turned to their defense to win Game Two, 98-90, and wiped out a 14-point third quarter deficit in the rubber match to fashion out the 10-point title-clinching victory.