in the stretch

*in the (home)stretch

Fig. in the last stage of a process. (From horse racing. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) We're in the homestretch with this project and can't change it now. We're in the stretch. Only three more days till we graduate.
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in the stretch

verb
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The bridges in the stretch to be cleared until the seal level and rebuilt in asphalt construction.