be in the short strokes

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be in the short strokes

To be in the last or final stages (of something); to be nearly finished (with) or nearing completion (of something). Said especially of that which has been long, arduous, or tedious. Now that we finally got the server online and the app stable, we're in the short strokes of making it available to users. We'll be in the short strokes once the moving van arrives with the last of our stuff from the old house.
See also: short, stroke