the last lap

the last lap

1. The last lap is the final part of a long activity. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. Monica is on the last lap now — she is doing six weeks medicine at Birmingham General Hospital.
2. The last lap is the final part of a journey. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. The car turned into a long avenue of pine trees, the last lap of their journey to the Venters' house.
See also: lap, last

the last ˈlap

the final part of something which has taken a long time: Her medical studies finish next year, so she’s on the last lap now.They are on the last lap of their journey round the world.
A lap is a single circuit of a running or race track.
See also: lap, last