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The final stages of a process, development, or activity. An allusion to the last stage in chess, when the majority of pieces have been removed from the board. The two companies began the endgame of their historic, multi-billion-dollar merger deal.
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.